Welcome to the Rutgers Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences New Brunswick/Piscataway

The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences New Brunswick/Piscataway offers interdisciplinary PhD training in specialties including Biochemistry, Pharmacology, Physiology, Environmental Exposure, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Biomedical Engineering, Toxicology,and Neuroscience.  These graduate training programs are offered jointly with the Graduate School New Brunswick on our Piscataway and New Brunswick campuses.

In addition, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences offers a Masters in Clinical and Translational Sciences, a Masters in Biomedical Science and an MS in Biomedical Sciences. 


*The Biomedical Careers Program (BCP)*

The Biomedical Careers Program (BCP) is an intensive six-week summer program offering academic enrichment in the sciences and health care orientated activities. BCP offers three levels of coursework and six different curricula for students at various stages of their undergraduate education. Each level includes a combination of lectures, laboratories, clinical correlations, and small group sessions.

Students in BCP Access Med III Batch of 2015

Left to Right:

Brittany Martinez
Mentor: Z Feng

Cassandra Soto
Mentor: N Walworth

Melissa Encarnacion
Mentor: V Nanda

Efua Bolouvi
Mentor: Z Feng

Brittany Baptiste
Mentor: R Foty

Karen Torres-Soto
Mentor: K Scotto

Nicole Tavernier
Mentor:  S Varia

Haianha Desamour
Mentor: P Copeland

Chukwunwike Okafor

Mentor: J Freeman


Raymond Amponsah

Mentor: D Shreiber

From the Global Initiatives corner:

  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-RU Fellowship

Two students, Alexandra Kenefake and Ashley Millette, from our Master of Biomedical Science program have been selected for the USAID-RU fellowship. They have chosen to pursue research at the Universitas Padjajaran in Bandung Indonesia.  While Ashley reached Bandung on the 15th of June 2015 Alexandra is scheduled to arrive there on the 5th of July.





  • Memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Seoul National University College of Medicine

A delegation from the Seoul national University College of Medicine visited Rutgers on June 5th to sign an MOU to develop collaborations with The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences to facilitate research collaborations as well as student and faculty exchange




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Upcoming Events

  • For upcoming seminars on campus, click here.
  • For all events including career training and iJOBS activities as well as seminars and thesis defenses please visit our Google calendar.


  • Publications:

    Medhi Ghodbane is first author on a paper in Lab on a chip, July 2015. “Development and validation of a microfluidic immunoassay capable of multiplexing parallel samples in microliter volumes.”

    Ina Nikolaeva is first author on a paper in Journal of Neurotrauma in June 2015  “Beneficial effects of early mTORC1 inhibition after traumatic brain injury.”

    Melissa Olekson is first author on a paper in Wound Repair and Regeration in June 2015 “SDF-1 Liposomes Promote Sustained Cell Proliferation in Mouse Diabetic Wounds.”

    Philip Tedeschi is first author on a paper in Molecular Cancer Research: MCR  in June 2015 “Mitochondrial Methylene Tetrahydrofolate Dehydrogenase (MTHFD2) Overexpression is Associated with Tumor Cell Proliferation and is a Novel Target for Drug Development.”

  • Awards

    Leonardo Valdivieso-Torres published an article in ASBMB Today June 2016 "The truth only goes so far. Scientists need to do more to increase scientific literacy in their communities". Leonardo also received a travel award and honorarium as part of the Biotech Literacy Bootcamp at UC Davis in April 2015. 

    Jennifer Therkorn
    received a Rutgers Eagleton Institute of Politics Fellowship for 2015-16

    Christina Ramirez was accepted to do an internship at the Institut Pasteur Korea in the summer     of 2015. She will be working in the Hepatitis Research Laboratory Group led by Dr. Marc P. Windisch.

    Eva Rubio Marrero was accepted to do an internship at Eli Lilly for the summer of 2015.

    Chenchao Gao was accepted into the summer internship program for the Office of Clinical Pharmacology at the FDA in April 2015.

    Kathryn Drzewiecki, Chris Lowe, Andrea Gray, Serom Lee, and Sarah Misenko created a team for the Mid-Atlantic Case Competition. This competition is for non-MBA graduate students to develop consulting case solving skills. It is hosted by the Graduate Student Consulting & Beyond Club at UVA and the Fellow Consulting Club at the NIH. They were selected as one of the 20 teams to compete. They have one week to put together their strategy they present at the NIH. Major consulting firms such as BCG and McKinsey are sponsoring the event and were available for networking.

    Heather McGowan was awarded a travel stipend in April 2015 from The 1st International Conference of the Trisomy 21 Research Society: "Changing Paradigms in Down Syndrome" in Paris, France.

    Matthew Kraushar, Phil Tedeschi and Qian Wu have each received the inaugural Shatkin Awards for excellence in research in April 2015.  Each graduate student will receive $1500 to supplement the graduate stipend and $1500 for educational purposes.

    The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (PI Millonig) and Rutgers School of Engineering (PI Yarmush) are excited to announce that we have been awarded a 5 year NIH Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST) grantClick here to read press release. Click here to learn more about iJOBS that launched in January 2015.

  • Grants

    Na Cai received an American Heart Association pre-doctoral fellowship "Regulation of TRPM7 channel kinase by 14-3-3 proteins" in July 2015.

    Mihir Patel
    was awarded a NJ Commission on Brain Injury Research Pre-doctoral Fellowship "Recovery of the dendritic network after traumatic brain injury" in May 2015.

    Valentina Dal Pozzo
    received a NJ Commission on Brain Injury Research Pre-doctoral Fellowship "Role of Reelin in traumatic brain injury" in May 2015.

    was awarded an F30 NIH Grant- "MicroRNAs mediating Notch signaling in lung adenocarcinoma" in April 2015.


    Evelyn Okeke received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and Katelyn Marshall received an Honorable Mention for the NSF Fellowship in April 2015.  Both Evelyn and Katelyn are in the laboratory of Kiran Madura. 

    Dharm Patel  and Sarah Misenko who are both in the lab of Sam Bunting each received a Graduate Student Fellowship in March 2015 from the New Jersey Commission on Cancer ResearchDharm's grant is "The Function of Bloom Helicase in Mammalian DNA Double Strend Break Repair" and Sarah's grant is titled "Testing the Contribution of DNA Double-Strand Break Resection Factors to DNA Repair in Mammalian Cells". 

    Michelle Sempkiowski
    received a Graduate Student Fellowship in March 2015 from the New Jersey Commission on Cancer Research studying a new binding geometry on liposomes that has the potential to selectively and effectively target and kill cancer cells with low or too low receptor expression.
  • PhD Alumni News:
    Recent Graduates
    William Schneider, PhD, postdoc at Rockefeller
    Eric Joyce, PhD, postdoc at Harvard
    Arjun Sasikumar, PhD, postdoc at UC Berkeley
    Leia Miller, PhD, postdoc at the NIH
    Previous graduates
    Norell Hadzimichalis, PhD, Tech Transfer Expert, Outside-Innovation Associate
    Jean Honeywell, PhD, Clinical Research Coordinator, Alchera Bio LLC
    Patricia Irizzarry-Barreto, PhD, Program Coordinator, Rutgers Science Explorer Bus; Assoc. Director, Geology Museum
    Mary Lynn Mercado, PhD, Senior Medical Writing Scientist, Janssen Research & Development
    Monica Mody, PhD, Director, Medical Information, Oncology, US Medical Affairs, Bristol-Myers Squibb
    Harry Du, PhD, JD, Patent Attorney, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius
    Nancy Vranich, PhD, VP/Medical Director Medical & Scientific Affairs, AgencyRX LLC
  • Alumni Data from LinkedIn
    54% pharmaceutical companies/business, 22% current postdocs, 13% in academic faculty positions, 5% government/policy, 3% science writing, 3% patent law/tech transfer
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