Faculty & Staff

Faculty

Janet Alder, PhD
Assistant Dean, Rutgers SGS
Associate Professor

(732) 235-5392
janet.alder@rutgers.edu





Research Interests: Cellular and molecular mechanisms in traumatic brain injury

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









Research Interests: Spinal cord injury; Traumatic brain injury: Neural plasticity

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Emanuel DiCicco-Bloom, MD
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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Cheryl F. Dreyfus, PhD
Chair
Distinguished Professor

(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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Gail Elliott, PhD
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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Diana S. Glendinning, PhD
Associate Professor
(732) 235-4137
glendids@rwjms.rutgers.edu









Research Interests: My research focuses on medical education. Areas include innovative approaches to teaching and assessment of Clinical Neuroanatomy, Evidence-based medicine and Mind-body Medicine.

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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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Michael Matise, PhD
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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W. Geoffrey McAuliffe, PhD
Assistant Professor
(732) 235-4853
mcauliff@rwjms.rutgers.edu


Research Interests:

Light and electron microscopy, glial cell interactions, neurotoxicity


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James Millonig, PhD
Senior Associate Dean, Rutgers SGS
Associate Professor

(848) 445-9852
millonig@cabm.rutgers.edu

Research Interests:

Autism; iPSC models



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Aaron Milstein, PhD
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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Hiroko Nobuta, PhD
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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Zhiping Pang, 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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Ping-Yue Pan, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor
(732) 235-9763
pp710@rwjms.rutgers.edu

Research Interests:

Synaptic mechanism of Parkinson's disease and coccaine addiction

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Grace Pinhal-Enfield, PhD, ACUE
Assistant Professor
(732) 235-4432
pinhalgr@rwjms.rutgers.edu

Research Interests:

Pedagogic principles and practices, anatomy, histology, embryology, inflammation and wound healing


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John E. Pintar, PhD
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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Mladen-Roko Rasin, 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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Akmal Shahzad, MSc
Lecturer
(848) 252-8446
akmal.shahzad@rwjms.rutgers.edu

Research Interests:

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

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Federico Sesti, PhD
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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Smita Thakker-Varia, 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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Harvey R. Weiss, PhD
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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Huaye Zhang, 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

Rocco Carsia, PhD
carsiaro@rwjms.rutgers.edu
Davide Comoletti, 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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Jean Gibney Lecturer
(732) 235-4432

Research Interests:

Education in histology


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Barry Grunwerg, DMD
grunwebs@rwjms.rutgers.edu
David Seiden, PhD
Adjunct Professor
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

Joan Mordes Program Assistant
732-235-5390
mordesja@rwjms.rutgers.edu
Rebeca Santiago Program Support Specialist
(732) 235-5071
santanre@rwjms.rutgers.edu