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 (including a Cancer Biology Concenration), Physiology, Environmental Exposure, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Biomedical Engineering, Toxicology,and Neuroscience. 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. 

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


Message from the Deans

To the Members of Our Graduate School Communities:

Today, the Rutgers Board of Governors approved the merger of the Graduate School-New Brunswick and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. As of July 1, 2017, these two schools will merge to become the new School of Graduate Studies, an administrative unit that will serve over 5,000 students enrolled in 63 doctoral and 75 master’s programs spread across New Brunswick, Newark, and Piscataway.

This merger represents the culmination of a process that began in 2013 with the integration of Rutgers University and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. It offers us a unique opportunity to combine our staff and consolidate our resources, to build support for interdisciplinary initiatives and collaborations, and to assist our students as they complete their graduate programs and prepare for professional careers.

More importantly, it allows us to better serve the members of our communities by addressing more directly the challenges facing graduate education in the 21st century. Amidst rapidly changing labor markets, there are fewer tenure-track job opportunities. However, the demand for highly-trained professionals with advanced degrees has never been greater, affording our students a broad range of career paths on which to embark following their training.

With the creation of the School of Graduate Studies, we will be as committed as ever to the rigorous graduate training that has made Rutgers one of this nation’s leading research universities. We will anticipate the future needs of our students in order to help them thrive in a global economy where success depends on their cultivation of wide-ranging skill sets, and we will take advantage of the broad and deep expertise of our graduate faculty to develop a more interdisciplinary approach to graduate education.

Providing administrative oversight for nearly 140 graduate programs, we will continue to partner with our faculty and staff in order to train Rutgers students to think critically, to write effectively, and to work independently. We will also look for ways to build new innovative programs that will better prepare our students as they transition from graduate classrooms and labs into increasingly competitive labor markets.

Like its predecessors, the School of Graduate Studies will exist to foster new ideas and create new knowledge. With our new, integrated school, we are determined to be at the forefront of graduate education, and we are excited to serve our students, faculty, and staff in this new capacity.


Jerome J. Kukor, Ph.D.
Dean, Graduate School - New Brunswick
Future Dean of the School of Graduate Studies

Kathleen W. Scotto, Ph.D.
Dean, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Future Vice Dean of the School of Graduate Studies

To learn more about the creation of the School of Graduate Studies, read the Rutgers Today news release.



Congratulations to the Graduate Student Symposium Award Winners


The Joint Molecular Biosciences Graduate Student Association held its 11th annual symposium on March 24 and the winners for best poster include Urmimala Basu and Anna Giarratana.  The winner of the best oral presentation was Alexandra Nguyen. 




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



Congratulations to our first batch of iJOBS Phase 3 graduates from Dec 2016



Congratulations to the 2016 Biomedical Careers Program (BCP) Access Med students and GSBS mentors:

This year, as in the past years, GSBS mentors trained EIGHT BCP Access Med students for 4 weeks in their laboratories. All the students presented their research findings at the Student Research Symposium held on July 15, 2016 in the West Lecture Hall.


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.


BCP Access Med students 2016 

Yessenia Leon (M Bajpai);  Duniel Coke (L Runnels);  Valerie DeJesus (R Rasin);  Iman Ali (N Walworth);    Anevea Tinnery (M Goedken**/D Banerjee);  Becky Adu (S Varia);  Nanama O’Hene (J Shi);  Stephanie Amaefuna (D Banerjee/M Goedken**)  [From Left to Right, GSBS Mentors in parentheses] 


**Director, Research Pathology Services, ORED Translational Sciences, Rutgers University



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.








Sandra Gensini, from the Master of Clinical and Translational Science Program, received a travel award from the GSBS to present her work at the 11th Annual Academic Surgical Congress held in Jacksonville in Feb 2016. Her platform presentation was entitled “Outcomes of Hybrid versus open surgery for aortic arch disease in the Medicare population”





LABTV Profiles Lab Researchers


Blessy George, Heather McGowan, Xia Wen and Appoorva Halikere PhD Students studying at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, have been featured by LabTV’s “The Human Faces of Medical Research” podcast series.


LabTV is working to inspire the next generation of great young scientists by featuring the personal stories of young medical researchers in NIH-funded laboratories.


Please click on individual profiles for video.






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!




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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 upcoming and past GSBS thesis defenses, click here.
  • For some upcoming seminars on campus, click here.

Recent News

  • Publications:

    Tzeh Keong Foo is first author on a paper in Oncogene, March 2017. “Compromised BRCA1-PALB2 interaction is associated with breast cancer risk”

    Husam Al-Hraishawi is first author on a paper in Endocrine Research, March 2017. “Intact parathyroid hormone levels and primary hyperparathyroidism.”

  • Grants and Fellowships

    Sam Kogan received a NJCCR pre-doctoral fellowship entitled "The Role of Cellular Zinc Ion Homeostasis in the Mechanism of Zinc Metallochaperones as Mutant p53 Targeted Anti-Cancer Drugs” in March 2017

    Alejandra S. Laureano received an NIH F31 entitled Role of Shox2 in Zebrafish Otic Neuron Development in December 2016

    Liping Lou
    received an American Heart Association fellowship "Control of the Mg-permeant Ion Channels by PDZ Scaffold NHERF Proteins" in December 2016

    Kyle Saitta
    received an NIH F31 fellowship "The role of CHPG in oligodendrocyte regeneration" in November 2016.

    Caroline Pantazis received an NIH F31 fellowship "Role of Lateral Hypothalamus Orexin Circuits in Cocaine Demand" in August 2016.

    Alexandra Legeza Nguyen received an NIH F31 fellowship "Investigating the Discrete Functions of the Aurora Kinases in Meiosis I" in July 2016.

    Anna Giarratana received a NJ Commission on Brain Injury Research Fellowship "Effect of Genetic Polymorphisms on Recovery and Treatment after Traumatic Brain Injury" in June 2016.

    Przemyslaw Swiatkowski received a NJ Commission on Brain Injury Research Fellowship "The Role of Cypin in Recovery of Electrophysiological and Cognitive Functions followint Traumatic Brain Injury" in June 2016.

    Urmimala Basu received an American Heart Association Fellowship "Mechanism and regulation of human mitochondrial DNA transcription" in May 2016.

  • Awards and Internships

    Sarah Misenko received an Executive Women of New Jersey Scholarship.

    Dharm Patel received an AACR-Bristol Myers Squibb Scholar-in-Training Award in January 2017

    Eileen Oni
    received a Christine Mirzayan Science Policy fellowship at the National Academy of Sciences starting in January 2017

    Lisheng Zhou
    has an internship at Genewiz for the summer of 2016.

    Chenchao Gao has an internship at Genentech for 6 months starting June 2016

    Dharm Patel
    has an internship at Leo Pharma, Inc for the summer of 2016

    Almin Lalani
    has an internship at Novartis for the summer of 2016.

    Fei Wang
    has an internship at Tesla Motors, Inc doing data science for the summer of 2016.

    Yuan Liu
    has an internship at Genentech for the summer of 2016.

    The 2015-16 winners of the Aaron Shatkin Graduate Scholarshi:
    Swapnil Devarkar -
    PhD student in the laby of Smita Patel
    Heather McGowan-
    MD/PhD student in the lab of Zhiping Pang
    Katherine Morgan -
    MD/PhD student in the lab of Sharon Pine.

    Congratulations! The Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy Summer Research Fellowship Program was awarded another R25 grant from the NIH in November 2015.

    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) grant.  Click here to learn more about iJOBS that launched in January 2015.
  • PhD Alumni News:
    Recent Graduates
    Eva Rubio-Marrero got a job at Celgene.
    Ina Nikolaeva
    got a job at Nucleus Global in March 2016.
    Andrea Gray
    , FDA in the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research.
    Aditi Dubey
    is doing a postdoc at NYU.
    Leonardo Valdivieso-Torres
    is doing a postdoc at University of Knoxville, TN
    Kristina Hernandez
    got a job at MediTech Media which is a part of Nucleus Global in November 2015.

    Winder Perez got a job at Stryker Corp as an Assistant Microbiologist in November 2015
    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

  • 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
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