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  Graduate School-New Brunswick 2017 Programs, Faculty, and Courses Microbiology and Molecular Genetics 681  

Microbiology and Molecular Genetics 681

Degree Programs Offered: Master of Science, Doctor of Philosophy

Director of Graduate Program: Professor Andrew K. Vershon, Nelson Biology Laboratories, Busch Campus (848-445-5086)

Website: http://molbiosci.rutgers.edu/mmg

Members of the Graduate Faculty

Ioannis P. Androulakis, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, SE; Ph.D, Purdue
Bioinformatics; systems engineering


Edward Arnold, Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, SAS/CABM; Ph.D., Cornell
HIV; AIDS; drugs; vaccines; crystallography; structural biology

Gail Ferstandig Arnold, Research Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, SAS; Ph.D., Purdue
Molecular biology; biochemistry; virology; drug and vaccine discovery

David E. Axelrod, Professor of Genetics, SAS; Ph.D., Tennessee
Cellular and molecular oncology; tumor-cell proliferation; breast cancer

Andy Videsh Babwah, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, RWJMS; Ph.D., McGill
Reproduction, fertility, and pregnancy; embryo implantation

Debabrata Banerjee, Associate Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology, RWJMS/CINJ; Ph.D., Calcutta
Cancer pharmacology; antifolate research

Tamar Barkay, Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry and Microbiology, SEBS; Ph.D., Maryland
Microbial ecology of the interactions of microbes with toxic metals

Maureen M. Barr, Professor of Genetics, SAS/WIM; Ph.D., Columbia
C. elegans cilia development, morphogenesis, and function: a human disease model

Faith C. Belanger, Associate Professor of Plant Biology and Pathology, SEBS; Ph.D., Illinois
0-methyltransferase; flavonoids; endophytic fungi; symbiosis


William J. Belden, Assistant Professor of Animal Sciences, SEBS; Ph.D., Dartmouth
Chromatin-remodeling; Circadian rhythms; noncoding RNA

Helen M. Berman, Professor of Chemistry, SAS/Proteomics; Ph.D., Pittsburgh
Nucleic acid and protein structure; crystallography; biological databases

Gyan Bhanot, Professor of Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, and Physics, SAS; Ph.D., Cornell
Computational biology; evolutionary genetics

Debashish Bhattacharya, Professor of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources, SEBS; Ph.D., Simon Fraser (Canada)
Algal evolution; genomics; endosymbiosis; red tides; plastids; tree of life

Kay Daniel Bidle, Professor of Marine Sciences, SEBS/IEOAS; Ph.D., California (San Diego)
Marine microbiology; molecular ecology; virology; cell death

Jeffrey Michael Boyd, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Microbiology, SEBS; Ph.D., Utah State
Bacterial pathogenesis; iron-sulfur cluster; oxidative stress; environmental sensing

Kenneth J. Breslauer, Linus C. Pauling Professor of Chemistry, SAS; Ph.D., Yale
Molecular recognition; drug-DNA interactions; DNA polymorphism; characterizing inter- and intramolecular forces macroscopically and microscopically; biothermodynamics

Paul A.S. Breslin, Professor of Nutritional Sciences, SEBS; Ph.D., Pennsylvania
Taste; smell; genetics; regulatory physiology; taste receptors


Gary Brewer, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, RWJMS; Ph.D., Vanderbilt
Gene expression in cancer, immunity, and heart disease

Steven J. Brill, Professor of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, SAS; Ph.D., SUNY (Stony Brook)
DNA replication; DNA repair; DNA helicase; genetic analysis; genome stability; protein purification; yeast

Yana Bromberg, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Microbiology, SEBS; Ph.D., Columbia
Bioinformatics as applied to SNP analysis; protein function annotation; and correlation of genome variation to function and phenotype

Linda Brzustowicz, Distinguished Professor of Genetics, SAS; M.D., Columbia
Human genetic disorders

George M. Carman, Professor of Food Science, SEBS; Ph.D., Massachusetts
Molecular biology of phospholipid biosynthesis in yeast

Kiran K. Chada, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, RWJMS; Ph.D., Oxford
Functional genomics in cancer and obesity

Suzie Chen, Professor of Chemical Biology, EMSP; Ph.D., Einstein
Mouse model of melanoma; regulation of cell signaling by G-protein-coupled receptor

Mikhail L. Chikindas, Associate Professor of Food Science, SEBS; Ph.D., VNII Genetika (Moscow)
Microbiology; genetics; biotechnology; antimicrobial peptides

Wendie S. Cohick, Professor of Animal Sciences, SEBS; Ph.D., Cornell
Cell biology: growth factors, signal transduction, and mammary gland biology

Paul R. Copeland, Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, RWJMS; Ph.D., Virginia
Regulation of gene expression at the translational level; incorporation and utilization of selenocysteine

Siobhan Corbett, Associate Professor of Surgery, RWJMS; M.D., UMDNJ
Surgical sciences; extracellular matrix; tissue engineering; fibronectin; fibroblast; scar tissue

Lori Ruth Covey, Professor of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, SAS; Ph.D., Columbia
Human immunoglobulin switch recombination in response to T cell/B cell interactions

Gabriella D'Arcangelo, Professor of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, SAS; Ph.D., SUNY (Stony Brook)
Molecular mechanisms of neuronal proliferation, differentiation, and migration


Kiron M. Das, Professor of Medicine, Molecular Genetics, Microbiology, and Immunology, RWJMS; Ph.D., Edinburgh; M.D., Calcutta
Inflammatory bowel disease; GERD, esophageal and gastric cancer

David T. Denhardt, Professor Emeritus of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, SAS; Ph.D., California Institute of Technology
Systems biology of osteopontin: role in autoimmune disease, stress responses, bone remodeling, and cancer metastasis

Lisa K. Denzin, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, RWJMS/CHINJ; Ph.D., Illinois (Urbana-Champaign)
Antigen presentation; MHC class II; dendritic cells; autoimmunity; Type 1 diabetes; germinal centers; hematopoietic stem cells; cancer stem cells

Rong Di, Assistant Research Professor of Biotechnology, SEBS; Ph.D., Iowa State
Mechanisms of shiga-like toxins produced by E. coli 0157:H7; development of molecular techniques for food safety


G. Charles Dismukes, Professor of Chemistry, SAS/WIM, and of Biochemistry and Microbiology, SEBS; Ph.D., Wisconsin (Madison)
Biological and chemical approaches to renewable fuel production; catalysis; microbial metabolism

Joseph P. Dougherty, Professor of Pharmacology, RWJMS; Ph.D., Yale
HIV-1 replication; gene therapy; retroviral vectors

Cheryl F. Dreyfus, Professor of Neuroscience and Cell Biology, RWJMS; Ph.D., Cornell
The role of the trophic factors and glial cells

Monica A. Driscoll, Distinguished Professor of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, SAS; Ph.D., Harvard
Developmental neurogenetics; molecular genetics of neuronal cell death; mechanosensory transduction in touch and feeling; molecular mechanisms of aging

Siobain Duffy, Associate Professor of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources, SEBS; Ph.D., Yale
Emerging viruses; experimental evolution; bioinformatics; bacteriophage

Richard H. Ebright, Professor of Chemistry, SAS/WIM; Ph.D., Harvard
Structure; mechanism; and regulation of transcription complexes; small-molecule inhibtors of transcription; single-molecule imaging; single-molecule nanomanipulation

Isaac Edery, Professor of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, SAS/CABM; Ph.D., McGill (Canada)
Circadian clocks; photic signal transduction; Drosophila behavior; seasonal adaptation; pre-mRNA splicing; protein phosphorylation and degradation

Christopher E. Ellison, Assistant Professor of Genetics, SAS; Ph.D., California (Berkeley)
Functional genomics and regulation of gene expression in Drosophila

Douglas E. Eveleigh, Professor of Biochemistry and Microbiology, SEBS; Ph.D., Exeter (UK)
Industrial microbiology and microbial ecology

Nicole Fahrenfeld, Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, SE; Ph.D., Virginia Tech
Bioremediation; microbial source tracking; antibiotic resistance

Paul G. Falkowski, Professor of Geological Sciences and Professor of Marine and Coastal Sciences, SAS/SEBS/IEOAS; Ph.D., British Columbia
Biogeochemical cycles; photosynthesis; biological oceanography; molecular biology; biochemistry and biophysics; physiological adaptation; plant physiology; evolution; mathematical modeling; symbiosis

Huizhou Fan, Associate Professor of Pharmacology, RWJMS; Ph.D., Manitoba
Cell signaling of ectodomain shedding; molecular pathogenesis of cancer

Martin Farach-Colton, Professor of Computer Science, SAS; M.D., Johns Hopkins; Ph.D., Maryland
Computational biology; protein-protein interaction networks; string algorithms for nucleic acid comparisons and database retrievals

Zhaohui Feng, Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology, RWJMS/CINJ; Ph.D., Zhejiang (China)
p53; tumor suppression; energy metabolism and aging

Bonnie Firestein, Professor of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, SAS; Ph.D., California (San Diego)
Regulation of dendritic morphology; targeting of neuronal proteins and the neuronal cytoskeleton; iPSC technology to model schizophrenia and autism; microelectrode array analysis of neural circuitry


Joseph Fondell, Associate Professor of Pharmacology, RWJMS; Ph.D., SUNY (Stony Brook)
Regulation of gene expression by nuclear hormone receptors

Dunne Fong, Associate Professor of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, SAS; Ph.D., Princeton
Molecular cell biology of telomerase; proteinase and proteinase inhibitors

David J. Foran, Professor of Pathology, RWJMS; Ph.D., Rutgers/UMDNJ
Computer-assisted diagnostics; medical imaging; machine learning; data mining; medical informatics

Ramsey A. Foty, Associate Professor of Surgery, RWJMS/CAB; Ph.D., Toronto
Biophysical and biomolecular basis of prostate cancer progression to metastasis

Abram Gabriel, Associate Professor of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, SAS; M.D., Johns Hopkins
Yeast; retrotransposons; reverse transcriptase; fidelity; DNA repair; chromosome stability

Shridar Ganesan, Associate Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology, RWJMS/CINJ; Ph.D., Yale
DNA repair; chromatin structure; breast cancer biology

Marc R. Gartenberg, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, RWJMS; Ph.D., Yale
Sister chromatid cohesion; gene expression; chromatin and epigenetics

Michael L. Gatza, Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology, RWJMS/CINJ; Ph.D., Baylor
Genomics; breast cancer; ovarian cancer; molecular biology

Celine Gelinas, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, RWJMS/CABM; Ph.D., Sherbrooke (Canada)
Cancer; oncogenes; transcription factors; cell proliferation; apoptosis

Derek Gordon, Associate Professor of Genetics, SAS; Ph.D., SUNY (Stony Brook)
Statistical genetics; mixture models; heterogeneity; misclassification

Barth Grant, Professor of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, SAS; Ph.D., Princeton
Endocytosis and recycling; protein and membrane transport; molecular genetics and genomics

Samuel Gunderson, Associate Professor of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, SAS; Ph.D., Wisconsin
Regulation of polyadenylation; RNA-protein interactions

Yanxiang Guo (Jessie), Assistant Professor of Medicine, RWJMS/CINJ; Ph.D., Duke
Cancer metabolism; autophagy; oncogenes; cancer metastasis; metabolomics; lung cancer therapy

Max Haggblom, Professor of Biochemistry and Microbiology, SEBS/BCAE; Ph.D., Helsinki
Environmental microbiology; biodegradation and bioremediation

Beatrice Haimovich, Associate Professor of Surgery, RWJMS; Ph.D., Pennsylvania
Adhesion receptors mediated signals that regulate cell adhesion and spreading

Michael Hampsey, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, RWJMS; Ph.D., Purdue
Gene expression; chromatin; yeast genetics

Ronald P. Hart, Professor of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, SAS; Ph.D., Michigan
Functional genomics in central nervous system injury

Gary A. Heiman, Assistant Professor of Genetics, SAS; Ph.D., Columbia
Understanding relationships between neurological and psychiatric disorders

Kim M. Hirshfield, Assistant Professor of Medicine, RWJMS/CINJ; Ph.D., Johns Hopkins; M.D., UMDNJ-RWJMS
Breast cancer; high-risk breast abnormalities; translational research; genetic contributors to breast cancer risk and outcomes

Sarah Hitchcock-DeGregori, Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, RWJMS; Ph.D., Case Western Reserve
Actin cytoskeleton; coiled coils; protein structure; protein structure-function relationships; contractile and motile function

Wenwei Hu, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, RWJMS/CINJ; Ph.D., Zhejiang (China)
P53; stress response; SNP; tumor; development and reproduction

Masayori Inouye, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, RWJMS; Ph.D., Osaka (Japan)
Molecular biology of cellular adaptation to stresses

Kenneth D. Irvine, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, SAS/WIM; Ph.D., Stanford
Cell communication, patterning, and morphogenesis

Kouichi Ito, Associate Professor of Neurology, RWJMS; Ph.D., Tokyo Jikei
Pathogenic and regulatory T-cells; autoimmunity; neuroimmunology

Estela Jacinto, Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, RWJMS; Ph.D. California (San Diego)
Signal transduction; cancer; insulin; metabolism; T lymphocytes

William G. Johnson, Professor of Neurology, RWJMS/UBHC; Ph.D., Columbia
Human genetics; nervous system traits and diseases; linkage mapping; genomic markers; microsatellite polymorphisms; positional cloning

Eunsung Junn, Associate Professor of Neurology, RWJMS; Ph.D., Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
Molecular pathogenesis of neurodegenerative diseases

Peter C. Kahn, Professor of Biochemistry and Microbiology, SEBS; Ph.D., Columbia
Protein folding; subunit assembly; ligand interactions; hydration; dioxins and related compounds

Howard L. Kaufman, Professor of Surgery and Medicine, RWJMS/CINJ; Ph.D., Loyola
Cancer; immunotherapy; oncolytic viruses; tumor immunology

Lee Kerkhof, Professor of Marine and Coastal Sciences, SEBS/IEOAS; Ph.D., California (San Diego)
Marine microbiology; molecular ecology; microbial population dynamics

Andrew D. Kern, Assistant Professor of Genetics, SAS; Ph.D., California (Davis)
Population genetics; comparative genomics; evolutionary genomics; computational biology

Hossein Khiabanian, Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, RWJMS; M.D., Ph.D., Brown
Computational biology; cancer genomics; molecular epidemiology of infectious diseases

Isaac Yi Kim, Associate Professor of Surgery, RWJMS/CINJ; Ph.D., Northwestern
Transforming growth factor-B and bone morphogenetic proteins in prostate cancer

Terri Goss Kinzy, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, RWJMS; Ph.D., Case Western Reserve
Regulation of gene expression; mechanisms of protein synthesis and G-protein regulation

Thomas J. Kirn, Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, RWJMS; M.D., Ph.D., Dartmouth
Molecular diagnostics for infectious diseases; molecular mechanisms of bacterial pathogenesis; mucosal immunology

Joachim B. Kohn, Professor of Chemistry, SAS; Ph.D., Weizmann (Israel)
Polymeric biomaterials; interaction of living cells with artificial surfaces

Tony Ah-Ng Kong, Professor of Pharmaceutics, EOHSI/EMSP; Ph.D., SUNY (Buffalo)
Dietary phytochemicals and cancer prevention; Nrf2-mediated redox signaling; pharmacokinetics; pharmacodynamics

Jerome J. Kukor, Professor of Environmental Sciences, SEBS/BCAE; Ph.D., Michigan
Microbial biodegradation of xenobiotics; microbial biochemistry; regulation of gene expression

Casimir A. Kulikowski, Professor of Computer Science, SAS; Ph.D., Hawaii
Intelligent systems and machine learning in molecular biology

Kelvin Y. Kwan, Assistant Professor of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, SAS; Ph.D., Harvard
Regeneration of sensory cells and neurons of the inner ear; genetics; stem cell technologies; deep sequencing techniques; superresolution microscopy

Eric Lam, Professor of Plant Sciences, SEBS/BCAE; Ph.D., California (Berkeley)
Gene expression; chromatin structure; signal transduction; programmed cell death; gene targeting; leaf morphogenesis

Jerome A. Langer, Associate Professor of Pharmacology, RWJMS; Ph.D., Yale
Structure and function of interferons and interferon receptors; development of Type I IFN antagonists; role of IFNs in autoimmune diseases such as lupus

Amale Laouar, Assistant Professor of Surgery, RWJMS; Ph.D., Pierre et Marie Curie
Gut immunity; innate cells; lymphocyte differentiation; gut microbiome; gut diseases

Debra L. Laskin, Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology, EMSP; Ph.D., Medical College of Virginia
Immunology; nitric oxide; macrophages; inflammation

Edmund Lattime, Professor of Surgery and Molecular Genetics, Microbiology, and Immunology, RWJMS/CINJ; Ph.D., Rutgers
Tumor immunology; immune mechanisms; genetically based vaccine strategies

Thomas Leustek, Professor of Plant Science, SEBS/BCAE; Ph.D., Rutgers
Biochemistry; physiology

Honghua Li, Associate Professor of Pharmacology, RWJMS/CINJ; Ph.D., Southern California
Genome-scale understanding of the genetic basis of breast cancer; mechanisms underlying human immunoglobulin VH gene complex diversification

Alice Y.C. Liu, Professor of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, SAS; Ph.D., Mount Sinai
Stress, aging, and molecular chaperones

Peter Lobel, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, RWJMS/CABM; Ph.D., Columbia
Hereditary neurodegenerative diseases; functional genomics; lysosomes; protein targeting

Kiran Madura, Professor of Pharmacology, RWJMS; Ph.D., Rochester
Ubiquitin-mediated protein degradation in DNA repair and signal transduction

Pal Maliga, Professor of Genetics, SAS/WIM; Ph.D., Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Molecular genetics of plastids; plastid engineering; regulation of plastid gene expression

Richard Mann, Associate Professor of Medicine, RWJMS; M.D., Yeshiva (Einstein)
Immunopathogenesis of renal disease

Charles E. Martin, Professor Emeritus of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, SAS; Ph.D., Florida State
Structure, function, and regulation of ER membrane enzyme systems

Michael Matise, Associate Professor of Neuroscience and Cell Biology, RWJMS; Ph.D., Pittsburgh
Molecular mechanisms of vertebrate nervous system development

Tara Matise, Professor of Genetics, SAS; Ph.D., Pittsburgh
Computational genetics; genome bioinformatics; linkage analysis of complex traits

Karl Matthews, Professor of Food Science, SEBS; Ph.D., Kentucky
Genetics understanding of virulence and survival mechanisms of food-borne pathogens

Kim S. McKim, Professor of Genetics, SAS/WIM; Ph.D., British Columbia
Double-strand break repair; genetic recombination; chromosome pairing; chromosome segregation; kinesin motor proteins

Randall D. McKinnon, Associate Professor of Surgery/Neurosurgery, RWJMS; Ph.D., McMaster (Canada)
Developmental neurobiology; neuroncology; growth factors

Joachim W. Messing, University Professor of Molecular Biology and Director of the Waksman Institute of Microbiology, SAS/WIM; Ph.D., Munich
Molecular and genetic mechanisms of agronomically important quantitative traits; molecular biology of plant development; regulation of gene expression in higher plants; plant genomics; bioinformatics

James Millonig, Associate Professor of Neuroscience and Cell Biology, RWJMS/CABM; Ph.D., Princeton
Dorsal CNS development; Bmp signaling; mouse mutations; autism

Gaetano T. Montelione, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, SAS/CABM; Ph.D., Cornell
NMR methods development; molecular recognition; growth factors; protein: nucleic acid complexes; molecular dynamics; structural bioinformatics; protein folding

William R. Moyle, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, RWJMS; Ph.D., Harvard
Structure and function of glycoprotein hormones and their receptors

Joseph I. Naus, Professor of Statistics, SAS; Ph.D., Harvard
Applied probability; sampling theory; data quality control; clustering and coincidence models; matching in DNA sequences

Bryce E. Nickels, Associate Professor of Genetics, SAS/WIM; Ph.D., Harvard
Mechanisms of transcription; regulation of bacterial gene expression

Robert A. Niederman, Professor of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, SAS; D.V.M., Ph.D., Illinois
Structure, function, and assembly of energy-transducing membranes

Wilma K. Olson, Mary I. Bunting Professor of Chemistry, SAS; Ph.D., Stanford
Biopolymer conformation and properties

Richard W. Padgett, Professor of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, SAS/WIM; Ph.D., North Carolina (Chapel Hill)
Signal transductions; microRNAs in cancer; developmental biology; Drosophila and C. elegans

Howard C. Passmore Jr., Professor Emeritus of Genetics, SAS; Ph.D., Michigan
Mammalian genetics

Henrik Pedersen, Professor of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, SE; Ph.D., Yale
Plant cell culture; chemical and biochemical fiber optic sensors; applications of biophotonics in bioprocess technology

John Pintar, Professor of Neuroscience and Cell Biology, RWJMS; Ph.D., Oregon
Genetic and microarray analysis of endogenous opioid systems; insulin-like growth factor systems in development and cancer; posttranslational processing enzymes

Loredana Quadro, Associate Professor of Food Science, SEBS; Ph.D., Napoli (Italy)
Maternal-fetal metabolism of retinoids (vitamin A and its derivatives) and beta-carotene in mammalian model systems


Arnold B. Rabson, Professor of Pharmacology, RWJMS; Director, Child Health Institute; M.D., Brown
Gene regulation in cancer; human retroviral infections

Christopher Rongo, Professor of Genetics, SAS/WIM; Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Synapse formation; glutamate receptors; cell polarity; PDZ proteins; CaM kinase II; learning and memory; C. elegans

Monica Roth, Professor of Pharmacology, RWJMS; Ph.D., Albert Einstein
Retroviruses; integration; reverse transcriptase; envelope proteins; gene therapy; targeted entry; structural studies

Loren W. Runnels, Associate Professor of Pharmacology, RWJMS; Ph.D., SUNY (Stony Brook)
Signal transduction; live cell imaging; confocal microscopy; biochemistry; electrophysiology


Amrik Sahota, Research Professor of Genetics, SAS; Ph.D., London
Adenine phosphoribosyltransferase deficiency; chronic renal failure; microchimerism and organ transplantation; Alzheimer's disease; molecular diagnostics

Derek B. Sant'Angelo, Professor of Pediatrics, RWJMS/CHINJ; Ph.D., Rutgers/RWJMS
Innate T cells; transcription factors; autoimmunity; lineage commitment; immune system development; immunotherapy

Donald W. Schaffner, Professor of Food Science, SEBS; Ph.D., Georgia
Food microbiology


Karen Schindler, Assistant Professor of Genetics, SAS; Ph.D., Jefferson
Signal transduction; meiosis; aneuploidy; gamete formation and reproduction

Stephan K. Schwander, Associate Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health, RWJMS/SPH; Ph.D., Hamburg
Human antimycobacterial immunity; human lung immunology during mycobacterium tuberculosis infection and disease; effects of urban air pollution particulate matter on innate and adaptive antimycobacterial immunity

Kathleen W. Scotto, Professor of Pharmacology, RWJMS/CINJ; Ph.D., Cornell
Transcriptional regulation of P-glycoprotein (MDR/mdr) gene

Konstantin Severinov, Professor of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, SAS/WIM; Ph.D., Russian Academy of Sciences
Genetic and biochemical analysis of RNA polymerases from E. coli and yeast; site-directed modification of proteins

Premal Shah, Assistant Professor of Genetics, SAS; Ph.D., Tennessee
mRNA translation; codon bias; computational biology; epistasis; evolution

Zhiyuan Shen, Professor of Radiation Oncology, RWJMS/CINJ; Ph.D., Colorado State
Genomic stability and molecular cancer etiology; DNA repair and homologous recombination

Yufang Shi, Professor of Pharmacology, RWJMS/CHINJ; Ph.D., Alberta
Regulation of immune responses; apoptosis in lymphocytes; tumor immunology

Gleb P. Shumyatsky, Associate Professor of Genetics, SAS; Ph.D., Russian Academy of Sciences
Molecular and cellular mechanisms of learning and memory

Andrew W. Singson, Professor of Genetics, SAS/WIM; Ph.D., California (San Diego)
Reproductive biology and cell-cell interactions in C. elegans

Navin K. Sinha, Associate Professor of Genetics, SAS; Ph.D., Minnesota
Accuracy of DNA replication; chemical carcinogenesis

Peter Smouse, Professor of Ecology and Evolution, SEBS/BCAE; Ph.D., North Carolina State
Mathematical representation of molecular phylogenics

Martha Soto, Associate Professor of Pathology, RWJMS; Ph.D., Harvard
Using C. elegans embryos to investigate polarized cell divisions and polarized cell migrations during development

Ruth Steward, Professor of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, SAS/WIM; Ph.D., Basel (Switzerland)
Pattern formation in Drosophila

Ann C. St. John, Professor of Genetics, SAS; Ph.D., Wisconsin (Madison)
Structure/function analysis of signal transduction proteins

Ann Stock, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, RWJMS/CABM; Ph.D., California (Berkeley)
Structure/function analysis of signal transduction proteins


Victor Stollar, Professor Emeritus of Molecular Genetics, Microbiology, and Immunology, RWJMS; M.D., C.M., Queen's (Canada)
Viral replication in mammalian and insect cells

Judith Storch, Professor of Nutritional Sciences, SEBS; Ph.D., Columbia
Fatty acid binding proteins-structure and function; intracellular cholesteroltrafficking and cholesterol binding proteins; intestinal lipid absorption, metabolism, and transport; lysosomal storage diseases; membrane-protein interactions

Roger Strair, Professor of Medicine, RWJMS/CINJ; M.D., Ph.D., Albert Einstein
Hemotopoietic malignancies; stem cell transplantation

Nanjoo Suh, Associate Professor of Chemical Biology, SAS/LCR; Ph.D., Illinois (Chicago)
Mechanistic study of cancer prevention and inflammation with natural/synthetic agents

Moti L. Tiku, Professor of Medicine, RWJMS; M.D., Delhi
Immunobiology of autoimmune diseases; rheumatoid and osteoarthritis; immunology and cytokine biology; reactive oxygen radicals and aging

Jay Tischfield, Professor and Chair of Genetics, SAS; Ph.D., Yale
Medical and human genetics; the genetics of somatic cells; mouse models for human diseases and genes for complex human genetic disorders

Nilgun E. Tumer, Professor of Plant Pathology, SEBS/BCAE; Ph.D., Purdue
Viral replication and virus resistance in transgenic plants

Andrew K. Vershon, Professor of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, SAS/WIM; Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Transcriptional regulation in yeast

Constantino Vetriani, Professor of Biochemistry and Microbiology, SEBS/IEOAS; Ph.D., Rome
Deep-sea microbiology; extremophiles; molecular ecology; adaptations to extreme environments

William G. Wadsworth, Professor of Pathology, RWJMS/CABM; Ph.D., Missouri (Columbia)
Extracellular matrix and the guidance of cell migrations in C. elegans

Nancy C. Walworth, Professor of Pharmacology, RWJMS; Ph.D., Yale
Cell cycle checkpoint control in response to DNA damage

William Ward, Professor of Biochemistry, SEBS; Ph.D., Johns Hopkins
Basic protein and peptide biochemistry; applications of bioluminescence

William Welsh, Professor of Pharmacology, RWJMS; Ph.D., Pennsylvania
Drug discovery; computer-aided molecular modeling and design; bioinformatics and cheminformatics

Eileen P. White, Professor of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, SAS/CINJ; Ph.D., SUNY (Stony Brook)
Oncogenes; tumor suppressor genes; apoptosis; autophagy; cancer metabolism

James F. White, Professor of Plant Biology and Pathology, SEBS; Ph.D., Texas
Systematic mycology; studies of endophytes and epibionts


Donald A. Winkelmann, Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, RWJMS; Ph.D., Wisconsin
Protein structure; molecular motors; protein engineering; macromolecular assembly; muscle contraction

Frederic E. Wondisford, Professor and Chair of Medicine, RWJMS; M.D., Northeastern Ohio
Pituitary and pancreatic hormonal growth and regulation

Nancy A. Woychik, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, RWJMS; Ph.D., Wisconsin (Madison)
Aging; viral/bacterial pathogenesis; cancer

Long-Jun Wu, Assistant Professor of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, SAS; Ph.D., Science and Technology (China)
Microglia-neuron communication in normal and diseased brains

Bing Xia, Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology, RWJMS/CINJ; Ph.D., UMDNJ
DNA repair; homologous recombination; breast cancer; Fanconi anemia


Mengqing Xiang, Professor of Pediatrics, RWJMS/CABM; Ph.D., Texas (Houston)
Molecular bases of sensorineural development; transcriptional regulation of retinal and inner ear development

Ping Xie, Associate Professor of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, SAS; Ph.D., Hong Kong
Molecular mechanisms of immune regulation and cancer pathogenesis

Jinchuan Xing, Assistant Professor of Genetics, SAS; Ph.D., Louisiana State
Human genomics; mobile element biology; evolutionary and population genetics

Chung S. Yang, Professor of Chemical Biology and Pharmacognosy, EMSP; Ph.D., Cornell
Molecular mechanisms of esophageal carcinogenesis and its prevention, and other agents; genetic polymorphism and cancer risk

Lily Y. Young, Professor of Environmental Sciences, SEBS; Ph.D., Harvard
Anaerobic microbial metabolism of environmental contaminants; microbial ecology

Lei Yu, Professor of Genetics and Alcohol Studies, SAS; Ph.D., California Institute of Technology
Molecular genetics of alcoholism; compulsive behavior; drug abuse; pain; stress

Peter D. Yurchenco, Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, RWJMS; M.D., Ph.D., Albert Einstein
Basement membrane; self-assembly; three-dimensional structure; cellular interactions

Miguel Zaratiegui, Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology and Biochemstry, SAS; Ph.D., Navarra (Spain)
Chromatin dynamics; heterochromatin; RNA interference; transposons; silencing; replication; genome integrity; fission yeast genetics

Helmut Zarbl, Professor of Environmental and Occupational Medicine, RWJMS/EOHSI; Ph.D., McGill (Canada)
Mammary carcinogenesis; lung carcinogenesis; mechanisms of toxicity; genetic susceptibility; toxicogenomics; tumor suppressor genes; functional genomics; signal transduction; transcriptional regulation; mutagenesis

X.F. Steven Zheng, University Professor of Pharmacology, RWJMS/CINJ; Ph.D., Harvard
Growth control; signal transduction, cancer, chemical genetics and genomics; drug discovery

Andrew Zloza, Assistant Professor of Surgery, RWJMS/CINJ; Ph.D., Rush (Illinois)
Tumor immunology; combination cancer immunotherapy; viral infections

Gerben Zylstra, Professor of Biochemistry and Microbiology, SEBS/BCAE; Ph.D., Michigan
Molecular and biochemical basis for microbial aromatic hydrocarbon degradation

Associate Members of the Graduate Faculty

Andrew I. Brooks, Associate Professor of Environmental Medicine, RWJMS/EOHSI; Director, Bionomics Research and Technology Center; Ph.D.,Rochester Genetics; genomics; memory and learning; neurodegeneration; genetic engineering

Jessica Joines, Clinical Assistant Professor of Genetics, SAS, and Director, Genetic Counseling Program; M.S., Maryland (Baltimore)
Genetic counseling; cancer genetic counseling; education

Mary Konsolaki, Associate Research Professor of Genetics, SAS; Ph.D., Crete (Greece)
Analysis of toxicity associated with Alzheimer's beta-amyloid, using Drosophila as a model system

Jeffrey D. Laskin, Professor of Environmental and Community Medicine, RWJMS; Ph.D., SUNY (Buffalo)
Effects of xenobiotics on growth and differentiation of epidermal cells; mechanisms of chemical carcinogenesis; biology of nitric oxide

Michael Lawton, Associate Professor of Plant Science, SEBS/BCAE; Ph.D., Oxford
Plant defense responses; signal transduction

Xiao-Ping Li, Associate Research Scientist in Plant Biology and Pathology, SEBS; Ph.D., Singapore
Cytotoxicity of ricin and Shiga-like toxins (STxs); interaction ricin toxin A chain and STxs with robosomal proteins

Jeffrey Rosenfeld, Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, RWJMS/CINJ; Ph.D., New York
Bioinformatics; machine learning and cancer; human genome analysis; advanced DNA sequencing techniques

Jeffra Schaefer, Assistant Research Professor of Environmental Sciences, SEBS; Ph.D., Rutgers
Microbial biogeochemistry of toxic and essential trace metals; microbial ecology

Lourdes Serrano de la Pena, Assistant Professor of Genetics, SAS; Ph.D., Madrid
Genetics; cancer biology; DNA repair and recombination

Changshun Shao, Associate Research Professor of Genetics, SAS; Ph.D., Indiana
Biological responses to DNA damage; mutagenesis and tumorigenesis

Smita Thakker-Varia, Associate Professor of Neuroscience and Cell Biology, RWJMS; Ph.D., Kansas
Growth factors and neuropeptides in brain injury and mental disorders

Associate Members of the Master's Graduate Faculty

Elena Ashkinadze, Assistant Professor of Genetic Counseling, SAS; M.S., Sarah Lawrence
Reproductive genetics and genetic counseling; licensure and professional development

Christina Botti, Instructor of Genetic Counseling, SAS; M.S. Arcadia
Pediatric genetic counseling

Susan Brooks, Doctor of Pediatrics, RWJMS/CHINJ; M.M.S., Rutgers Medical School; M.D. Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Delineation of genetic syndromes

Hetal Vig, Assistant Professor of Genetic Counseling, SAS; M.G.C., Maryland
Counseling; tumor profiling; oncology; genetic counseling delivery models

 
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