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About the Department

Photograph of Cheryl F. Dreyfus, PhD, Professor and Acting ChairNeuroscience and Cell Biology, a Department within Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS), pursues strong state of the art research in various biological fields using its extensive research facilities. Faculty research covers diverse areas in the fields of neuroscience and cell biology, including regulation of neuronal and glial gene expression, genetic analysis of mammalian growth and development, the role of growth factors in survival and regeneration of neurons, and regulation of contraction in muscle and non-muscle cells. In addition to research, there are many departmental accomplishments in the areas of teaching, community service and patient interactions.

The Department of Neuroscience and Cell Biology is responsible for teaching aspects of cell biology, histology, gross and developmental anatomy as well as neuroscience in the new curriculum for medical students, for hosting and participating in the teaching of courses for a graduate program in neuroscience and for hosting a summer undergraduate program in neuroscience. The faculty also teach neuroscience to physician assistants and Masters degree students in the Graduate School as well as Gross Anatomy to the Masters student.

Extramural research funding has been competitively awarded to departmental faculty members from a range of agencies. Historically, sources of departmental funding have come from the National Institutes of Health, the New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology, the New Jersey Commission on Spinal Cord Research, the New Jersey Commission on Traumatic Brain Injury, the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation, the Michael J. Fox Foundation, March of Dimes, National Science Foundation, Wadsworth Foundation, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, American Heart Association, NASA, Governor’s Council for Autism, Eli Lilly, Merck, Ethicon, Cancer Institute of New Jersey, NARSAD Young Investigator Award, Children's Brain Tumor Foundation, National Alliance for Autism Research, Familial Dysautonomia Foundation and private individuals.

Communication and collaboration among the Rutgers RWJMS and Princeton neuroscience and cell biology communities is fostered through various activities including the New Horizon Seminar and NeuroLunch Seminar Series. In addition to inviting world-renowned scientists to visit with faculty and students and to give seminars, the Department gives junior faculty and students in our laboratories as well as the surrounding labs the opportunity to present and discuss their research with other colleagues in a public forum.

The Department of Neuroscience and Cell Biology administers the Rutgers RWJMS Anatomical Association. The Association plays an integral role in education and medical research. It offers a carefully cultured donor system and is obligated to each donor to utilize his or her gift optimally.

The faculty in the Department of Neuroscience and Cell Biology publish extensively in peer-reviewed journals in a wide range of faculty research interests. The faculty serve on editorial boards. They are reviewers for scientific journals and reviewers for private and national funding agencies.

We are very proud of our many accomplishments. Take the opportunity to get to know the Department of Neuroscience and Cell Biology. Peruse the web site and give us a call if you have any questions or if we can assist you in any way.

Cheryl F. Dreyfus, PhD
Professor and Chair

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