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 Exposure, 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 exit survey (first position after graduate)
    68% postdoc, 17% research position in pharma/biotech, 9% research-related career (e.g. consulting, science writing, patent law, non-profit), 4% faculty/government position
  • Alumni Data from LinkedIn (current position)
    41% research in pharma/biotech, 24% research-related careers (e.g. consulting, science writing, patent law, non-profit), 20% current postdocs, 15% academic faculty positions

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


Fellowship application workshop September 2018

       To see the slides and list of grants for biomedical PhD students, click here


Slides for Orientation for PhD and MS students 2018

Overview slides about Biomedical Graduate School

Institute for Quantiative Biomedicine

Library slides

Scientific research integrity slides

Career Services slides

Office of Disability Services slides

Graduate Student Organization slides



Welcome to the PhD and MS entering class of 2018



Congratulations to Alexandra Nguyen for winning the first Harvey Waterman Medal of Excellence and to Jacqueline Katz for winning the Outstanding Master's Student Award in May 2018


Congratulations to Perry Dominguez and Larry Stromberg for winning the Excellence in Student Support Awards from The School of Graduate Studies in May 2018




Congratulations to the 2018 Graduate Student Symposium presentation winners

Oral Presentations:
First place: Juan-Carlos Collantes
Second place: Cosmas Mwikirize
Second place: Jenna Newman

First place: Anna Giarratana
Second place: Larry Cheng
Second place: Praveen Bommareddy


Congratulations to the Aaron Shatkin Scholarship winners for 2017

The winners were Apoorva Halikere from Zhiping Pang's lab, Yuanwang Pan from Ken Irvine's lab, Na Cai from Loren Runnels' lab, and Ilija Melentijevic from Monica Driscoll's lab.  Presented on November 14, 2017.



Congratulations to the Phase 3 iJOBS trainees for 2017 who received their certificate of attestation

Nathaly Salazar-Vasquez, Liping Lou, Xiaowei Zang, Prerna Nepali, Samar Alselehdar

(not pictured Canan Casikara, Rucha Shah, Fanfan Wu and Jiaxin Sun).  Presented on November 15, 2017


SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Applicants from Caribbean Areas Affected by Recent Hurricanes

If you are planning to apply to the School of Graduate Studies for Fall 2018 and need additional time or assistance to submit your materials, please contact the program in which you are interested to discuss options that may be available to help you facilitate the application process. A full list of SGS graduate programs can be found here.

If you wish to apply to be a visiting student for Spring 2018, please contact our staff at Graduate and Professional Admissions.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Linda Costa, Evelyn Erenrich, Janet Alder, or Barbara Bender.


How to Peer Review a Scientific Paper Oct 23, 2017

Slides from presentation


Material from Grant Application Workshop Sept 11, 2017

List of grants from GradFund

GradFund brochure
Slides regarding review process for F fellowships



Learn why Science Matters at Rutgers University from some of our very own graduate students!  Click on the image below to watch the video





Announcing the 2016-2017 Keeler Scholarship Award


The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at New Brunswick/Piscataway is delighted to announce the recipients of the 2016-2017 Keeler Scholarship.  This year’s award winners, Maria Isaac, Phillip Sgobba and April De Stefano will be completing a Master of Science in Biomedical Science degree.  We congratulate our students and express our warmest gratitude to the Keeler family, who made this generous scholarship possible.  



Read about MD/PhD Student Grace Ibitamuno Obienu who juggles 3 passions:medicine, community health and writing fiction. 
Click here to learn more about Grace




Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) Pipeline Program renewed!
Congratulations to Jerry Langer, PhD and Beatrice Haimovich, PhD on the renewal of a 5 year $2,365,247 grant from the NIH to enhance the training of under-represented minority students, and increase the number of Rutgers undergraduate and graduate students from diverse backgrounds who continue into careers in biomedical research and who will eventually assume leadership roles in the field.  To learn more about the program, click here.


USAID Experience


Two of our master’s students, Alex Kenefake and Ashley Millette, spent three months in Indonesia as USAID fellows last summer. Read what they had to say about this extraordinary experience. We encourage the incoming MBS class to consider applying for the prestigious USAID fellowship for an all paid summer research experience in Indonesia.


Alex Kenefake                                                                 Ashley Millette

GSBS  MBS                                                                        GSBS MBS


Click here to read all about Alex's Experience!                Click here to read all about Ashley's Experience!




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 upcoming and past SGS - Biomedical Sciences thesis defenses, click here.
  • For some upcoming seminars on campus, click here.

Recent News

  • Publications:

    John Szilagyi is first author on a paper in Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology, September 2018.  “Quinone and nitrofurantoin redox cycling by recombinant cytochrome b5 reductase.”

    Grace Ibitamuno is first author on a paper in Journal of Cancer Education, September 2018.  “To Care and to Provide Care."


  • Grants and Fellowships

    Ludwik Gorczyca
    was awarded an NIH F31 fellowship " Mycoestrogen Disposition and Activity in the Placenta"in July 2018.

    Loh Jui Wan
    was awarded a NJ Comission on Cancer Research pre-dcotoral fellowship "Investigating Clonal Dynamics of Chronic Llymphocytic Leukemia under Targeted Gene-Specific Therapy" in May 2018.

    Unnati Chauhan
    was awarded a NJ Commission on Cancer Research pre-doctoral fellowship "New tRNAses for Cancer Treatment" in May 2018. 

    Yuhan Zhao was awarded an F99 fellowship "The regulation of mutant p53 protein accumulation and GOF activity in tumors" in September 2017.

    Ilija Melentijevic
    was awarded an NIH F31 fellowship "Dissecting Molecular Mechanisms Devoted to Neuronal Extrusion of Aggregated
    Neurotoxic Proteins"in September 2017.

    Michele Patrizii
    was awarded an NIH F31 fellowship "Proteasomal regulations of BMI-1 and impact on tumor initiating cells in glioblastoma" in July 2017.

    Matt Kraushar
    , an MD/PhD candidate has been awarded two grants as a principal investigator. Dr. Kraushar's studies will be conducted at Charité - Universitätsmedizin, Berlin, Germany, as part of his European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) Postdoctoral Fellowship.

    Mary Beth Bird
    , an MD/PhD candidate was awarded the Bigel Fellowship from the Department of Anthropology and the Graduate Enhancement Grant from the Center for African Studies, both at Rutgers, to continue her research on women and HIV/AIDS in Lesotho, Africa, during a summer fellowship.

    Sam Kogan received a NJCCR pre-doctoral fellowship entitled "The Role of Cellular Zinc Ion Homeostasis in the Mechanism of Zinc Metallochaperones as Mutant p53 Targeted Anti-Cancer Drugs”
    in March 2017

  • Awards and Internships

    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.

    Praveen Bommareddy
    has been selected to the list of 30 young emerging leaders in Cancer Immunotherapy by the Society of Immunotherapy in Cancer (SITC) and will participate in the Sparkathon.

    Bitha Narayanan
    received the Victor Stollar Fellowship.

    Eileen Oni
    will be working at the National Science Foundation as a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow in the Directorate for Engineering, Division of Engineering Education and Centers with Broadening Participation in Engineering

    Ileanna Marrero-Berrios had an internship at Celgene for the summer of 2017

    Sonia Yevick had an internship at Eniware, LLC for the summer of 2017

    Fei Wang had an internship in the INSIGHT Data Science Fellowship Program for the summer of 2017

    Xiaowei Zhang had an internship at CSL Behring in the Clinical Pharmacology & Pharmacometrics

    Rutgers University (PIs Millonig and Yarmush)
    is excited to announce that we have been awarded a 5 year NIH Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST) grant.  Click here to learn more about iJOBS that launched in January 2015.
  • PhD Alumni News:
    Some recent PhD graduates
    Hanif Vahedian Movahed is a postdoc at Harvard.
    Brittany Taylor is a postdoc at U Penn.
    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 at Mt. Sinai Health System.
    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.
    Aditi Dubey is doing a postdoc at NYU.
    Leonardo Valdivieso-Torres
    is doing a postdoc at University of Knoxville, TN.
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