Welcome to the Rutgers
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Princeton University
MD/PhD Program

Research in medical and biological science relies more on interdisciplinary thought than ever before. The prevalence of team-oriented, collaborative research requires that investigators have the capacity to integrate both the clinical and basic science aspects of medicine. With rapid growth in the body of knowledge and technological sophistication comes the demand that future physician scientists receive in-depth training within and across conventional disciplines in order to excel in basic, translational, and clinical research.

Our program draws on the diverse strengths and resources of premier private and public research institutions and healthcare centers in central New Jersey to facilitate a unique academic environment in which students can hone and integrate their clinical and research acumen.

Drawing on experiences in both clinical medicine and basic research, past and present students in our program have investigated the pathologic mechanisms underlying human disease in diverse fields including:

  • Cancer
  • Immunology
  • Genetic disease basis
  • Neuroscience
  • Biomedical engineering
  • Drug design
  • Inflammation
  • Infectious disease
  • Toxicology

In addition to clinical and basic-science proficiency, the RWJMS program includes opportunities for professional development, global health work, and the study of health policy and management. Our goal is to ensure that graduates of the MD/PhD program at RWJMS are uniquely prepared to become leaders in biomedical research, academic medicine, and prevention of disease.

  • October 2016
    Congratulations Sam Kogan for his two recent papers:

    Pharmacological targeting of mutant p53. Kogan S, Carpizo D.R. 2016. Translational Cancer Research.
    Zinc and wound healing: a review of zinc physiology and clinical applications. Kogan S, Sood A, Granick M. 2016. Wounds 

  • August 2016
    Congratulations Margaret MacGibeny for winning an Executive Women of New Jersey Graduate Award!
  • July 2016: Congratulations Matt for his EMBO post-doctoral fellowship entitled “Structural diversity of the ribosome as a molecular signature of brain development analyzed at near- atomic resolution”
  • June 2016:
    Congratulations Anna Giarratana for receiving a NJ Commission on Brain Injury Research Fellowship "Effect of Genetic Polymorphisms on Recovery and Treatment after Traumatic Brain Injury".
  • March 2016:

    Congratulations Alex Goglia on his F30 NIH predoctoral fellowship "Optogenetic profiling of functional signaling abnormalities in triple negative breast

    cancer” in Jared Toettcher’s lab at Princeton

  • February 2016:

    Congratulations Vince Mirabella for his NIH F30 award: Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress as a Novel Mechanism of Synaptic Dysfunction in Autism-Associated NLGN3 R451C Human Neurons

  • January 2016:

    Congratulations Jeremy Tang for receiving a NJCCR pre-doctoral fellowship entitled " "TRIM33's Role in DNA Repair and Endogenous Retrotransposon Suppression". 

    Congratulations to Bekah Gensure and Charles Miller for matching into the following Ophthalmology residency programs: Moran Eye Center at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City (Bekah) and SUNY Downstate Medical Center (Charles)
  • November 2015:

    Check out our very own student Heather McGowan talking about creating a stem cell model of Down Syndrome


    Click here to watch the video!

  • If you are an alumnus of our program, please update your contact information using this online form. We would love to hear from you!

James Millonig, PhD                        Perry Dominguez                        Tina Cicolella
Program Director                            Program Coordinator                  Program Assistant


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