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The INSPIRE  ( IRACDA  New Jersey/New York for  Science  Partnerships  iResearch &  Education)  Postdoctoral Program at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS), sponsored by  NIH-IRACDA (Institutional Research and Career Development Award), provides up to three years of mentored research experience in biomedical fields at RWJMS or Rutgers University (70% effort), as well as training in educational methods - including mentored teaching at a nearby Minority-Serving Institution - and career development (30% combined effort).

The INSPIRE program serves to fulfill two important goals:
1, prepare diverse university-trained Ph.D. scholars for successful careers as scientist-educators;
2, increase the participation of diverse undergrad populations in biomedical science research fields.

The program has also increased interaction of RWJMS faculty with students and faculty of our partner universities and colleges in NY and NJ. It has also enhanced the professional development of other trainees at Rutgers who participate in INSPIRE activities (workshops on scientific writing, courses on scientific teaching).

Our INSPIRE Fellows' rigorous training in basic research typically generates an independent research program the Fellow can use to launch her or his own lab, and high-impact publications.

* 70% of INSPIRE Fellows obtain Tenure-Track Academic jobs *

INSPIRE Training:

~70% time for high-powered research, achieving high-impact

~30% time for career skills, including mentored teaching at a
partner Minority-Serving Institution

Partnering on the INSPIRE program are three nearby Minority-Serving Institutions:

Below are 2min video testimonies from some of our successful alumni:

Dr. Martha C. Soto
PI and Co-Director of RWJMS-INSPIRE Program;
Associate Professor of the Department of Pathology, RWJMS
Phone: 732-235-4424

Dr. Gary Brewer
Co-PI and Co-Director of RWJMS-INSPIRE Program;
Professor of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, RWJMS
Phone: 732-235-3473

Dr. Soto is also the Founder and Faculty Advisor for the  BIO Links  (Biosciences Links to Teaching) K-12 Outreach Program, which partners graduate students and postdoctoral fellows at RWJMS and Rutgers with local middle school and high school science teachers.

To learn about resources for postdoctoral fellows at RWJMS, including postdoctoral policies and support, and career development programs, please visit:

INSPIRE Program is located in the Research Tower on Piscataway Campus, and most of our events happen here. However, INSPIRE Fellows conduct their daily research in various labs across the Rutgers campuses in New Brunswick, Newark and RBHS.

INSPIRE Postdoctoral Research and Education Program
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Research Tower,
Piscataway, NJ


Updated 11/1/2021