Welcome to the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Programs (New Brunswick/Piscataway)

Housed in the School of Graduate Studies at Rutgers University, the Biomedical Sciences programs in New Brunswick/Piscataway offer interdisciplinary PhD training in specialties including Biochemistry, Biomedical Engineering, Cell and Developmental Biology, Environmental Exposure, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Neuroscience, Pharmacology (with a Cancer Biology Concentration), Physiology, and ToxicologyOur MD/PhD program is an institutional partnership between Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers University New Brunswick campus and Princeton University.  In addition, we offer a Masters in Clinical and Translational Sciences, a Masters in Biomedical Science and an MS in Biomedical Sciences. 

The School of Graduate Studies provides personalized academic support for approximately 5,200 Rutgers students enrolled in more than 150 doctoral, master’s, and dual degree programs across New Brunswick/Piscataway and Newark. Collaborating with international partner institutions—from Brazil, Puerto Rico, France, and Croatia to China, Indonesia, and South Korea—and with over 25,000 alumni spread across the world, ours is a global commitment to advanced, cutting-edge research and scholarship. Our school ensures rigorous academic standards, fosters interdisciplinary collaboration between graduate faculty and students, and oversees innovative professional development initiatives that prepare graduate students to succeed in both academic and non-academic careers.


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PhD Graduate Student Outcomes

  • Average time to degree for biomedical PhD students at Rutgers: 5.7 years
  • Average number of publications for biomedical PhD students at Rutgers: 1.4 first-author, 3 papers total
  • Alumni Data from exit survey (first position after graduate)
    68% postdoc, 17% research position in pharma/biotech, 9% research-related career (e.g. consulting, science writing, patent law, non-profit), 4% faculty/government position
  • Alumni Data from LinkedIn (current position)
    41% research in pharma/biotech, 24% research-related careers (e.g. consulting, science writing, patent law, non-profit), 20% current postdocs, 15% academic faculty positions

Competencies taught Rutgers Biomedical Sciences PhD programs and how they are obtained

 - Broad conceptual knowledge  - core courses

 - Deep knowledge of a specific field - upper level courses, thesis work, and journal clubs
 - Critical thinking - reading papers, planning experiments, reviewing grants and manuscripts
 - Experimental skills - rotations and thesis lab, collaborations
 - Responsible conduct of research – Ethical Scientific Conduct initial and refresher
 - Rigor and reproducibility - biostatistics classes
 - Computational skills - computer programming class
 - Collaboration/Teamwork – working with other labs and within lab, student organizations
 - Management and emotional intelligence skills - manage your own project, supervise undergraduates, interact with faculty and peers
 - Leadership and professionalism – iJOBS, join student organizations, volunteer for events

 - Communication skills - presentations in lab, university, and national meetings, writing manuscripts and fellowships, Communicating Science class


Grant writing workshop May 2019

       To see the slides, click here


Fellowship application workshop September 2018

       To see the slides and list of grants for biomedical PhD students, click here


Slides for Orientation for PhD and MS students 2018

Overview slides about Biomedical Graduate School

Institute for Quantiative Biomedicine

Library slides

Scientific research integrity slides

Career Services slides

Office of Disability Services slides

Graduate Student Organization slides

Congratulations to the Molecular Biosciences Graduate Student Organization Annual Symposium 2019 winners

Poster presentations: 1st: Brandon Schweibenz, 2nd: Jeffrey Yang, 3rd: Jennifer Schaefer

Oral presentations: 1st: Juliet Gardiner, 2nd: Agata Krzyzanowska, 3rd: Lauren Chukrallah


Congratulations to the iJOBS Phase 3 trainees who received their certification of completion in Oct 2018

Maram Alapa, Kalyan Chavda, Daniela Garcia, Anna Giarratana, Ekta Kumari, Lorenz Loyola, NIsha Mittal, Huri

Mucahit, AMinat Musah, Michele Patrizii, Irene Raitman Khutorskoy, Tracy Scott, Srilatha Simhardi, Abla Tannous,

Melody Wren


Congratulations to the Aaron Shatkin Scholarship winners for 2018

         Bhavna Paratala - Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology program in the lab of Kim Hirshfield
Ileana Marrero-Berrios - Biomedical Engineering program in the lab of Martin Yarmush
Cosmas Mwikirize - Biomedical Engineering program in the lab of Ilker Hacihaliloglu
Jim Millonig - Senior Associate Dean of School of Graduate Studies



Welcome to the PhD and MS entering class of 2018



Congratulations to Alexandra Nguyen for winning the first Harvey Waterman Medal of Excellence and to Jacqueline Katz for winning the Outstanding Master's Student Award in May 2018


Congratulations to Perry Dominguez and Larry Stromberg for winning the Excellence in Student Support Awards from The School of Graduate Studies in May 2018



How to Peer Review a Scientific Paper Oct 23, 2017

Slides from presentation



Learn why Science Matters at Rutgers University from some of our very own graduate students!  Click on the image below to watch the video





Announcing the 2016-2017 Keeler Scholarship Award


The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at New Brunswick/Piscataway is delighted to announce the recipients of the 2016-2017 Keeler Scholarship.  This year’s award winners, Maria Isaac, Phillip Sgobba and April De Stefano will be completing a Master of Science in Biomedical Science degree.  We congratulate our students and express our warmest gratitude to the Keeler family, who made this generous scholarship possible.  



Read about MD/PhD Student Grace Ibitamuno Obienu who juggles 3 passions:medicine, community health and writing fiction. 
Click here to learn more about Grace




Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) Pipeline Program renewed!
Congratulations to Jerry Langer, PhD and Beatrice Haimovich, PhD on the renewal of a 5 year $2,365,247 grant from the NIH to enhance the training of under-represented minority students, and increase the number of Rutgers undergraduate and graduate students from diverse backgrounds who continue into careers in biomedical research and who will eventually assume leadership roles in the field.  To learn more about the program, click here.


USAID Experience


Two of our master’s students, Alex Kenefake and Ashley Millette, spent three months in Indonesia as USAID fellows last summer. Read what they had to say about this extraordinary experience. We encourage the incoming MBS class to consider applying for the prestigious USAID fellowship for an all paid summer research experience in Indonesia.


Alex Kenefake                                                                 Ashley Millette

GSBS  MBS                                                                        GSBS MBS


Click here to read all about Alex's Experience!                Click here to read all about Ashley's Experience!




Upcoming Events

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

Recent News

  • Publications:

    Cosmas Mwikirize is first author on a paper in The International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery, March 2019. “Learning needle tip localization from digital subtraction in 2D ultrasound.”

    Praveen Bommareddy is first author on a paper in Oncoimmunology, March 2019, “Triple threat to cancer: rationale for combining oncolytic viruses, MEK inhibitors, and immune checkpoint blockade.”

    Caroline Pantazis is first author on a paper in Addiction Biology, March 2019. “Lateral septum inhibition reduces motivation for cocaine: Reversal by diazepam.”

  • Grants and Fellowships

    Nofar Engelhard was awarded a State of New Jersey Commission on Spinal Cord Research fellowship "Characterizing a novel spinal cord population: role in both locomotive control and recovery from spinal cord injury" in May 2019.

    Valdir Cristovao Barth Junior
    was awarded a University and Louis Bevier Dissertation Completion Fellowship  "Reprogramming of Mycobacterium tuberculosis physiology through toxin-mediated ribosome stalling" in April 2019.

    Anton Omelchenko
    was awarded a New Jersey Commission on Brain Injury Research Predoctoral Fellowship “Exosome-based Delivery of RNAi Therapeutics to Target Traumatic Brain Injury” in April 2019.

    Anna Giarratana
    has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright Fellowship to study in Switzerland for one year in March 2019

    Mark Presker
    was awarded an NIH F31 fellowship"Stimulus control of attention in cocaine addiction: role of locus coeruleus".

    Kevinn Eddy
    was awarded a NJ Comission on Cancer Research pre-dcotoral fellowship " Preclinical Study Using Trigriluzole and anti-PD-1 in a Spontaneous Transgenic Melanoma Prone Mouse-Model" in March 2019.

    Juliet Gardiner was awarded a NJ Comission on Cancer Research pre-dcotoral fellowship "Tissue-Specific Tumorigenesis in Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Type I" in March 2019.

    Vrushank Bhatt
    was awarded a NJ Comission on Cancer Research pre-dcotoral fellowship"Targeting autophagy to improve the efficacy of immunotherapy in Liver Kinase B1 (LKB1)-deficient Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC)" in February 2019.

    Ludwik Gorczyca
    was awarded an NIH F31 fellowship " Mycoestrogen Disposition and Activity in the Placenta"in July 2018.

    Loh Jui Wan
    was awarded a NJ Comission on Cancer Research pre-dcotoral fellowship "Investigating Clonal Dynamics of Chronic Llymphocytic Leukemia under Targeted Gene-Specific Therapy" in May 2018.

    Unnati Chauhan
    was awarded a NJ Commission on Cancer Research pre-doctoral fellowship "New tRNAses for Cancer Treatment" in May 2018. 

    Yuhan Zhao was awarded an F99 fellowship "The regulation of mutant p53 protein accumulation and GOF activity in tumors" in September 2017.

    Ilija Melentijevic
    was awarded an NIH F31 fellowship "Dissecting Molecular Mechanisms Devoted to Neuronal Extrusion of Aggregated
    Neurotoxic Proteins"in September 2017.

    Michele Patrizii
    was awarded an NIH F31 fellowship "Proteasomal regulations of BMI-1 and impact on tumor initiating cells in glioblastoma" in July 2017.

  • Awards and Internships

    Erika Davidoff, Biomedical Engineering won second place in the 3 Minute Thesis competition at Rutgers in March 2019.

    Praveen Bommrareddy
    did an internship at Regeneron in the summer of 2018

    Victor Tan did an internship at Celgene in the summer of 2018.

    Jenna Newman did an internship at Cellularity in the summer of 2018.

    Liam Turk did an internship at Aleon Pharma in the summer of 2018.

    Larry Cheng
    did an internship at Defined Health in the summer of 2018.

    Caroline Pantazis has been awarded an Eagleton Institute of Politics Fellowship in May 2018 and was also selected to participate in AAAS Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering in Febrauary 2018.

    Praveen Bommareddy
    has been selected to the list of 30 young emerging leaders in Cancer Immunotherapy by the Society of Immunotherapy in Cancer (SITC) and will participate in the Sparkathon.

    Bitha Narayanan
    received the Victor Stollar Fellowship in 2018.

    Eileen Oni
    is working at the National Science Foundation as a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow in the Directorate for Engineering, Division of Engineering Education and Centers with Broadening Participation in Engineering from 2017-2019.

    Rutgers University (PIs Millonig and Yarmush) is excited to announce that we have been awarded a 5 year NIH Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST) grant.  Click here to learn more about iJOBS that launched in January 2015.
  • PhD Alumni News:
    Some recent PhD graduates
    Yuanwang Pang is a postdoc at NYU.
    Aliza Rubenstein is a postdoc at Mt. Sinai
    Almin Lalani is a postdoc at the National Cancer Institute.
    Anna Hader is a postdoc at Johnson & Johnson.
    Dharm Patel
    is a project manager in Scientific Affairs at Leo Pharmaceuticals.
    Chenchao Gao is a Clinical Regulatory Affairs Specialist at Seattle Genetics.
    Alexandra Walczak
    is the Supervisory Laboratory Operations Coordinator at Rutgers Divison of Life Sciences.
    Lisheng Zhou is a Bioinformaticist II iCarbonX
    Eva Nelly Rubio
    is at Celgene as Scientist I.
    Serom Lee
    is an Associate Consultant at Defined Health, a Cello Health business.
    Myka Ababaon
    has a job at Caudex as a Trainee Medical Writer.
    Kathryn Drzewiecki is a project manager at Early Charm Ventures.
    Jon Brzezinksi is working at Tiberend Strategic Advisors as an Account Executive.
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