Welcome to the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Programs (New Brunswick/Piscataway)


Housed in the School of Graduate Studies at Rutgers University, the Biomedical Sciences programs in New Brunswick/Piscataway offer interdisciplinary PhD training in specialties including Biochemistry, Biomedical Engineering, Cell and Developmental Biology, Environmental Sciences Exposure Sciences, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Neuroscience, Pharmacology (with a Cancer Biology Concentration), Physiology, and ToxicologyOur MD/PhD program is an institutional partnership between Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers University New Brunswick campus and Princeton University.  In addition, we offer a Masters in Clinical and Translational Sciences, a Masters in Biomedical Science and an MS in Biomedical Sciences. 

The School of Graduate Studies provides personalized academic support for approximately 5,200 Rutgers students enrolled in more than 150 doctoral, master’s, and dual degree programs across New Brunswick/Piscataway and Newark. Collaborating with international partner institutions—from Brazil, Puerto Rico, France, and Croatia to China, Indonesia, and South Korea—and with over 25,000 alumni spread across the world, ours is a global commitment to advanced, cutting-edge research and scholarship. Our school ensures rigorous academic standards, fosters interdisciplinary collaboration between graduate faculty and students, and oversees innovative professional development initiatives that prepare graduate students to succeed in both academic and non-academic careers.


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PhD Graduate Student Outcomes

  • Average time to degree for biomedical PhD students at Rutgers: 5.7 years
  • Average number of publications for biomedical PhD students at Rutgers: 1.4 first-author, 3 papers total
  • Alumni Data from Academic Analytics (current position for n = 414 graduates from 2005-2019)

    49% for profit (e.g. pharma/biotech/consulting/science writing), 17% non-tenure track academic positions (e.g.lecturer, research professor, adjunct faculty), 11% tenure track academic positions, 11% postdoctoral fellows, 9% government, and 3% non-profit.

Competencies taught Rutgers Biomedical Sciences PhD programs and how they are obtained

 - Broad conceptual knowledge  - core courses

 - Deep knowledge of a specific field - upper level courses, thesis work, and journal clubs
 - Critical thinking - reading papers, planning experiments, reviewing grants and manuscripts
 - Experimental skills - rotations and thesis lab, collaborations
 - Responsible conduct of research – Ethical Scientific Conduct initial and refresher
 - Rigor and reproducibility - biostatistics classes
 - Computational skills - computer programming class
 - Collaboration/Teamwork – working with other labs and within lab, student organizations
 - Management and emotional intelligence skills - manage your own project, supervise undergraduates, interact with faculty and peers
 - Leadership and professionalism – iJOBS, join student organizations, volunteer for events

 - Communication skills - presentations in lab, university, and national meetings, writing manuscripts and fellowships, Communicating Science class


Long-range financial planning workshop April 2021

To watch a recording of this workshop, click here (https://rutgers.box.com/s/xu56gfe78d9vwfr6f8sft91925r7ggyr)

To see the slides, click here

Grantwriting Fundamentals Workshop April 2021

To view a recording of the workshop on Specific Aims, click here (https://rutgers.box.com/s/t6ui5tfymrpm73vu91mdvnvsq3ledufc)

To see the slides click here


Molecular Biosciences Graduate Student Organization Annual Symposium

Thank you to the MBGSO for putting on a great graduate student virtual symposium last week and

congratulations to the presentation winners!  All of the presentations were very impressive and we thank

everyone who participated and attended for making the event a success. 


Oral presentations:

1st - Nydia P. Chang 

2nd - Gina M. Castellano

3rd - Robert A. Dowden


Poster presentations:

1st (tie) - Pooja Khanna and Esther Mezhibovsky

2nd - Uyen Nguyen



President: Paul Kraycer

Internal Vice President: Rukia Henry

External Vice President: Kyle Nunn

Treasurer: Sangeevan Vellappan

Secretary: Alexandra Logerfo

Program Coordinator: Chadni Patel

Development Officer: Kiranmayi Venuri


Financial Planning Workshop   

To hear the recording of the financial planning workshop from March 2, 2021, click here 


How to Write a Manuscript that Reviewers will Love Workshop in March 2021

Click here to see a recording of the event.  Click here for the slides.


Slides from Fellowship Application Workshop September 2020

GradFund presentation

Reviewer and scoring presentation



Orientation Slides for Biomedical MS and PhD Students 2020

SGS Biomedical Orientation Overview

Office of Disability Services

Career Explorations and Success

Graduate Student Organization Introductions

Library (PubMed, EndNote, SOAR, ORCHID)

Academic and Scientific Integrity Orientation


To listen to a recording of the orientation session, please click here


Welcome to the new MS and PhD students for 2020


Congratulations to the Shatkin Graduate Student Awardees

Congratulations to the 2020-2021 scholarship recipients of the Aaron Shatkin Graduate Student Award.

The Shatkin Awards are given annually to PhD students in the biomedical sciences recognized for excellent

academic and research achievement. The scholarship is named after Aaron Shatkin, who was the founding

director of the Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine.


Congratulations to this year's awardees:

Edgar Ferrer-Gonzalez, Lab of Daniel Pilch, PhD, Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology Program

Daniel Rizzolo, Lab of Grace Guo, PhD, Toxicology Program

Meghan Arnold, Lab of Monica Driscoll, PhD, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Program

Jui Wan Loh, Lab of Hossein Khiabanian, PhD, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Program




Congratulations to all of our graduates, especially Urmimala Basu for winning the Stanley S. Bergen Medal of Excellence.



Upcoming Events

  • For all events including career training and iJOBS activities as well as seminars and thesis defenses please visit our Google calendar and share it with your personal calendar.
  • For some upcoming seminars on campus, click here.

Recent News

  • Publications:


    Adrienne Viola is first author on a paper in Pediatric Blood & Cancer, May 2021. “A scoping review of transition interventions for young adults with sickle cell disease.”

    Carolyn W. Kinkade is first author on a paper in Toxins, May 2021. “Impact of Fusarium-Derived Mycoestrogens on Female Reproduction: A Systematic Review.”

    Matthew Putnins is first author on a paper in Heliyon, May 2021. “Self-selection of evolutionary strategies: adaptive versus non-adaptive forces.”

    Emann M. Rabie is first author on a paper in Molecular Biology of the Cell, May 2021. “Substratum stiffness signals through integrin-linked kinase and β1-integrin to regulate midbody proteins and abscission during EMT.”

    Bitha Narayanan is first author on a paper in Journal of Immunology, May 2021. “A Posttranscriptional Pathway of CD40 Ligand mRNA Stability Is Required for the Development of an Optimal Humoral Immune Response.”

    Edgar Ferrer-González is first author on a paper in Journal of Bacteriology, May 2021. “Impact of FtsZ Inhibition on the Localization of the Penicillin Binding Proteins in Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus.

  • Grants and Fellowships

    Thushara Nethramangalathwas awarded a AHA pre-doctoral fellowship "Role of the TRPM7-CNNM Complex in Regulating Neuronal I(OGD) Activity During Ischemia", March 2021.

    Mikayla Voglewede
    was a
    warded a National Institute of Health pre-doctoral fellowship " Mechanism of Par3-mediated regulation of dendritic spine plasticity", March 2021.

    Alex Yonk
    was awarded a National Institues of Health pre-doctoral fellowship "POm and its Role in Striatal Circuitry Modulation." December 2020.

    Vrushank Bhatt
    was awarded a Mistletoe Research Fellowship in Oct 2020

    Yanira Gonzalez-Rodriguez was awarded NJ Commission on Cancer Research pre-doctoral fellowship " Regulation of DNA Repair and Cell Cycle Checkpoints by BRCA1 and BLM" January 2020.

    Sierra Swords was awarded a national Institues of Health pre-doctoral fellowship "The Role of RME-8 in Neuronal Health and Parkinson's Disease"in June 2020.

    Mai-uyen Nguyen
    was awarded a National Institutes of Health pre-doctoral fellowship “
    Functions of KAT2A and KAT2B in in intestinal homeostasis and colon cancer” in June 2020.

    Kristine Conde was awarded a University and Louis Bevier Dissertation Completion Fellowship  "17b-estradiol enhances KNDy neuronal sensitivity to ghrelin to alter reproduction, energy balance and thermoregulation in females” in March 2020.

    Christen Khella
    was awarded NJ Commission on Cancer Research pre-doctoral fellowship " HCK is a novel oncogenic driver of tumorigenesis in poor prognostic high-grade serous" January 2020.

    Victor Tan was awarded NJ Commission on Cancer Research pre-doctoral fellowship "Application of Rutgers CRISPR Base Editing Technology to Increase Bone Marrow Matching for Treatment of Leukemia" January 2020.

    Nisha Singh was awarded a State of New Jersey Commission on Spinal Cord Research fellowship "Role of Guanine-Based Purines After SCI" in January 2020.

    Breann Coffaro
    was awarded the Air Pollution Educational and Research Grant  "Ozone Reactions with Squalene: Particle Formation and Chemical Identification” in September 2019

    Nofar Engelhard was awarded a State of New Jersey Commission on Spinal Cord Research fellowship "Characterizing a novel spinal cord population: role in both locomotive control and recovery from spinal cord injury" in May 2019.

    Valdir Cristovao Barth Junior
    was awarded a University and Louis Bevier Dissertation Completion Fellowship  "Reprogramming of Mycobacterium tuberculosis physiology through toxin-mediated ribosome stalling" in April 2019.

    Anton Omelchenko
    was awarded a New Jersey Commission on Brain Injury Research Predoctoral Fellowship “Exosome-based Delivery of RNAi Therapeutics to Target Traumatic Brain Injury” in April 2019.

    Anna Giarratana
    has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright Fellowship to study in Switzerland for one year in March 2019

  • Awards and Internships

    Jenna Newman received the Victor Stollar Fellowship in 2019.

    Erika Davidoff
    , Biomedical Engineering won second place in the 3 Minute Thesis competition at Rutgers in March 2019.

    Praveen Bommrareddy
    did an internship at Regeneron in the summer of 2018

    Victor Tan did an internship at Celgene in the summer of 2018.

    Jenna Newman did an internship at Cellularity in the summer of 2018.

    Liam Turk did an internship at Aleon Pharma in the summer of 2018.

    Larry Cheng
    did an internship at Defined Health in the summer of 2018.

    Caroline Pantazis has been awarded an Eagleton Institute of Politics Fellowship in May 2018 and was also selected to participate in AAAS Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering in Febrauary 2018.

    PhD Alumni News:
    Some recent PhD graduates
    Yuanwang Pang is a postdoc at NYU.
    Aliza Rubenstein is a postdoc at Mt. Sinai
    Almin Lalani is a postdoc at the National Cancer Institute.
    Anna Hader is a postdoc at Johnson & Johnson.
    Dharm Patel
    is a project manager in Scientific Affairs at Leo Pharmaceuticals.
    Chenchao Gao is a Clinical Regulatory Affairs Specialist at Seattle Genetics.
    Alexandra Walczak
    is the Supervisory Laboratory Operations Coordinator at Rutgers Divison of Life Sciences.
    Lisheng Zhou is a Bioinformaticist II iCarbonX
    Eva Nelly Rubio
    is at Celgene as Scientist I.
    Serom Lee
    is an Associate Consultant at Defined Health, a Cello Health business.
    Myka Ababaon
    has a job at Caudex as a Trainee Medical Writer.
    Kathryn Drzewiecki is a project manager at Early Charm Ventures.
    Jon Brzezinksi is working at Tiberend Strategic Advisors as an Account Executive.
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