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.

  • September 2018

    Congratulations Allison Murawski for receiving the Executive Women of New Jersey (EWNJ) Scholarship! 


  • August 2018
    Congratulations Adrienne Viola for receiving a F30, "The Feasability of a Medical Student Mentoring Program to Improve Transition of Care Among Adolescence."

  • July 2018
    Congratulations Sana Ahmad for receiving a R36 from Healthcare Research and Quality to finish her Healthcare Policy PhD on “Quality of Care for Medicaid Patents with Cormid Mental Health and Chronic Physical Conditions”

  • April 2018
    Congratulations Bahar Javdan for receiving the NJCCR pre-doctoral fellowship entitled "Investigating the impact of the human gut microbiome on the metabolism of oral chemotherapeutic drugs"
  • March 2018

    Congratulations Alex Goglia for winning yet another award for his start-up PhotoPharma - 10K from the Princeton Innovation Forum

  • February 2018

    Congratulations Grace Ibitamuno who has been awarded a Cancer Epidemiology Education in Special Populations (CEESP) is a summer research grant supported by the National Cancer Institute that provides funding to students pursuing advanced degrees in Epidemiology to work with minority populations at home and/or abroad in cancer research. 

  • January 2018
    Congratulations Steph for receiving the prestigious Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Graduate fellowship.
  • September 2017

    Congratulations Ben Deverett for receiving a NIH F30 pre-doctoral fellowship entitled "Cerebellar contributions to reward prediction and decision-making”

  • August 2017

    Congratulations Grace Ibitamuno for receiving the Executive Women of New Jersey (EWNJ) Scholarship! 

    Congratulations Alex Goglia for receiving a $50,000 Innovation Corps (I-Corps) award from the NSF to translate optogenetics technology into a commercial venture.

    Congratulations Sana Ahmad for receiving The Executive Women of New Jersey (EWNJ) Scholarship

    Congratulations Jacob Jaslove for receiving F30 NIH fellowship entitled “Mechanical Control of Smooth Muscle Differentiation During Mouse Lung Branching"

  • April 2017
    Congratulations Alex Goglia for receiving a NJ Health Foundation award to explore how optogenetics can be used to circumvent treatment side effects.
  • March 2017
    Congratulations Sam Kogan for receiving 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”

    Congratulations to Emann Rabie who has been awarded a Summer Oncology Fellowship at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and a St Baldrick’s Summer Fellow Award
  • December 2016
    Congratulation Grace Ibitamuno! Not Yet Beautiful is hot off the presses!
  • November 2016 Congratulations Matt Kraushar on receiving the Humboldt Foundation Research Fellowship.
  • 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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