A 3D microbiology render of nerve cells.

Department of Neuroscience and Cell Biology

Advancing Our Understanding of the Mind

The Department of Neuroscience and Cell Biology engages in cutting edge basic and translational research and is responsible for teaching Neuroscience, Cell Biology, Histology and Gross and Developmental Anatomy to M1 and M2 students at the medical school, graduate courses in the Joint PhD Graduate Program in Neuroscience, as well as coursework in the Physician Assistant’s and Masters Programs in the School of Graduate Studies. It is the home of the NIH-funded Neuroscience Summer Undergraduate Research Program and the Rutgers-Central New Jersey Regional Brain Bee competition for high school students.

Image of Cheryl Dreyfus

Scientists in the department are involved in the molecular, cellular and circuit bases of neurodevelopment, neurodegeneration, and the role of neurons and glia in the healthy and diseased brain.  Interest exists in both basic and translational research. Approaches include state of the art imaging and electrophysiology, ‘omics, behavioral analyses, and computational modeling.  We pride ourselves in our ability to excite young scientists and clinicians to research the underpinnings of brain functions and disease.

Cheryl F. Dreyfus, PhD

Chair, Department of Neuroscience and Cell Biology


Anatomical Association Body Donor Program

The Department of Neuroscience and Cell Biology administers the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Anatomical Association Body Donor Program. The Association plays an integral role in education and medical research. The association is a whole body donor program in which individuals can donate their body for medical science after death.

Medical technology concept. Doctor working with mobile phone and stethoscope and digital tablet laptop

Basic Science Departments Administration

The Basic Science Departments Administration supports the non-clinical departments at the medical school which consist of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, the Department of Neuroscience and Cell Biology, and the Department of Pharmacology.

Research Tower in Piscataway, New Jersey

Contact Us


Administrative Office Locations

Department of Neuroscience and Cell Biology
675 Hoes Lane West, Research Tower Room 327
Piscataway, New Jersey 08854-8021
Fax: 732-235-4029

683 Hoes Lane West, Research Building Room 363
Piscataway, New Jersey 08854-8021
Phone: 732-235-5388
Fax: 732-235-5885