Faculty & Staff

Faculty

Janet Alder, PhD
Associate Professor
(732) 235-5392
janet.alder@rutgers.edu

Research Interests: 

Trophic factors and neuropeptides in neuronal development, psychiatric disorders and traumatic brain injury.

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Crockett, David P., MA, PhD
Assistant Professor
(732) 235-5153
crockett@rwjms.rutgers.edu

Research Interests: 

Molecular and structural changes associated with traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury. Other interests include: oligodendrocyte function; cell cycle; neural and glial progenitors; anatomy of the somatosensory system; development and maintenance of sensory maps.

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DiCicco-Bloom, Emanuel M.D.
Professor
(732) 235-5381
diciccem@rwjms.rutgers.edu

Research Interests:

Gene and growth factor regulation of neurogenesis during mammalian brain development, with a focus on models of human neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism, schizophrenia and environmental teratogens.

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Dreyfus, Cheryl F. Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor and Chair
732-235-5382
dreyfus@rwjms.rutgers.edu

Research Interests:

Regulation of brain development and repair with a focus on glial cells. 

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Elliott, Gail Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
732-235-4935
ge111@rwjms.rutgers.edu

Research Interests: Human skeletal and dental growth and devlopment as well as best teaching practices for gross anatomy in medical school.  

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Glendinning, Diana S. Ph.D.
Associate Professor
(732) 235-4137
glendids@rwjms.rutgers.edu

Research Interests:

Motor control and motor-respiratory coordination in Parkinson’s disease. Treatment approaches to Parkinson’s disease.

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M. Chiara Manzini, PhD
Associate Professor
(732) 235-3245
chiara.manzini@rutgers.edu

Research Interests:

The main goal of the Manzini lab is to bridge the genetics and mechanisms of disease to identify genes that are essential for human cognition and to define the molecular mechanisms underlying neurodevelopmental disorders focusing on autism and neuromuscular disorders. We combine human genetics with molecular, cellular, and behavioral approaches in murine and zebrafish models to link human genetics to neuronal cell biology, intracellular signaling, and behavior. Our recent work aims to identify molecular mechanisms that could underlie sex bias in autism.

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Matise, Michael Ph.D.
Associate Professor
(732) 235-3471
matisemp@rwjms.rutgers.edu

Research Interests:

Role of the Hedgehog (Hh) pathway in central nervous system (CNS) development

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McAuliffe, W. Geoffrey Ph.D
Assistant Professor
(732) 235-4853
mcauliff@rwjms.rutgers.edu

Research Interests:

Light and electron microscopy, glial cell interactions, neurotoxicity

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Millonig, James Ph.D.
Associate Professor
(848) 445-9852
millonig@cabm.rutgers.edu

Research Interests:

Neurodevelopmental disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, neural tube defects, schizophrenia

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Milstein, Aaron Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
(848) 445-9854
milstein@cabm.rutgers.edu

Research Interests:

Neural computation and circuit mechanisms of rapid associative learning in health and disease.

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Nobuta, Hiroko Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
(848) 445-9851
nobuta@cabm.rutgers.edu

Research Interests:

The major goal of our research is to develop regenerative therapies for human oligodendrocyte disorders such as leukodystrophies, multiple sclerosis, and white matter injury associated with premature birth. The lab takes two approaches to achieve the goal: 1) gaining fundamental knowledge in human brain development, and 2) engineering transplantable human oligodendrocytes.

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Pang, Zhiping PhD
Associate Professor
Child Health Institute of New Jersey
89 French Street, Room 3277
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

(732) 235-8074
pangzh@rwjms.rutgers.edu

Research Interests:

Mechanisms of synaptic regulation: From stem cell to the brain

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Pan, Ping-Yue, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor
(732) 235-9763

Research Interests:

Synaptic mechanism of Parkinson's disease

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Pinhal-Enfield, Grace

Research Interests:

Pedagogic principles and practices, anatomy, inflammation and wound healing

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Pintar, John E. Ph.D.
Professor
(732) 235-4250
pintar@rwjms.rutgers.edu

Research Interests:

Developmental neurobiology and endocrinology; genetic studies of systems controlling growth, metabolism, responses to analgesics, and adaptation to environmental stress

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Rasin, Mladen-Roko MD, PhD
Associate Professor
732-235-4553
rasinml@rwjms.rutgers.edu

Research Interests:

Molecular and cellular mechanisms controlling differentiation of neural stem cells and development of projection neurons in the cerebral cortex.

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Shahzad, Akmal
Lecturer
C 848-252-8446
akmal.shahzad@rwjms.rutgers.edu

Research Interests:

Medical imaging, translational research in anatomy, and medical education.

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Sesti, Federico Ph.D.
Professor
732-235-4032
sestife@rwjms.rutgers.edu

Research Interests:

Physiology, structure and function of potassium channels, role of potassium channels in causing disease.

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Thakker-Varia, Smita PhD
Associate Professor
(732) 235-5393
varia@rutgers.edu

Research Interests:

Neurotrophic factors and neuropeptides in neuronal development, traumatic brain injury and mental disorders.

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Weiss, Harvey R. Ph.D.
Professor
732-235-4626
hweiss@rwjms.rutgers.edu

Research Interests:

Changes in oxygen supply, consumption and blood brain barrier permeability during cerebral ischemia and reperfusion. Role of hypoxia inducible factor-1 and excitatory amino acids in this regard. Mechanisms to control cerebral oxygen consumption during autism.

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Zhang, Huaye PhD
Associate Professor
(732) 235-3433
zhang29@rutgers.edu

Research Interests:

Regulation of Dendritic Spine Morphogenesis and Synaptic Plasticity

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Part Time Faculty

Carsia, Rocco

Research Interests:

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Comoletti, Davide, DVM, PhD
Child Health Institute of New Jersey
89 French Street, Floor 4 Room 4274
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

(732) 235-9466
comoleda@rwjms.rutgers.edu

Research Interests:

Structural and molecular basis of synapse formation and connectivity in relation to autism spectrum disorders

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Seiden, David Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor and Senior Academic Advisor to the Dean
(732) 235- 4690
seiden@rwjms.rutgers.edu

Research Interests:

Medical education and curriculum innovation

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Emeritus Faculty

M. David Egger Emeritus Faculty
George Krauthamer Emeritus Faculty
Gordon Macdonald Emeritus Faculty
Frank Wilson Emeritus Faculty

Staff

Zamina Deen Senior Management Assistant
732-235-5391
abdelhza@rwjms.rutgers.edu
Joan Mordes Program Assistant
732-235-5390
mordesja@rwjms.rutgers.edu
Rebecca Santiago Program Assistant
732-235-5071
santanre@rwjms.rutgers.edu