This fund was established in 1986 and serves to honor Dr. John A. Holowczak who was cherished by students, fellows and other members of the faculty and school as an outstanding researcher and educator. It was expanded in 2020 in honor of John’s wife Mary Ann (Kugler) Holowczak, who made early contributions in characterizing messenger RNA structure.
Dr. Holowczak was a member of the legacy UMDNJ Department of Molecular Genetics, Microbiology and Immunology (MGMI) for 18 years before his untimely death in 1986. Upon realignment of selected UMDNJ faculty and the merger with Rutgers University, MGMI was renamed the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB). Mary Ann (Kugler) Holowczak passed away in 2020 and had served for 16 years as a grants accountant at Rutgers’ Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine (CABM).
The fund was established to support research advancement in the BMB department, including fellowships and awards for meritorious graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Funds may also be donated to support cutting edge basic biomedical research on DNA/RNA/protein biology, the molecular mechanisms of disease ranging from cancer, to infectious diseases, neurodegenerative diseases and therapeutic target discovery; to support distinguished lectures; and/or for critical research instrumentation/infrastructure to help advance discoveries.
We are extremely grateful to our donors for their generous gifts to help advance important research at the forefront of biomedical science and train the next generation of research scientists.