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, Pharmacology (with a Cancer Biology Concentration), Physiology, Environmental Exposure, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Biomedical Engineering, Toxicology, and NeuroscienceOur 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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Material from Grant Application Workshop Sept 11

List of grants from GradFund

GradFund brochure
Slides regarding review process for F fellowships


Orientation for PhD and MS students 2017 slides Aug 30

Overview slides about Biomedical Graduate School

Library slides

Scientific research integrity slides

Career Services slides


Welcome to the MS and PhD Students Entering Class 2017



Congratulations to the 2017 graduates and award winners (starting third from right to left):

Stephanie Eunjung Oh - GSBS - New Brunswick/Piscataway Outstanding Teaching and Service Award

Katherine Morgan - Stanley S. Bergen, Jr., MD Medal of Excellence

Heather McGowan - GSBS - New Brunswick/Piscataway Dissertation Excellence Award




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


Message from the Deans

To the Members of Our Graduate School Communities:

Today, the Rutgers Board of Governors approved the merger of the Graduate School-New Brunswick and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. As of July 1, 2017, these two schools will merge to become the new School of Graduate Studies, an administrative unit that will serve over 5,000 students enrolled in 63 doctoral and 75 master’s programs spread across New Brunswick, Newark, and Piscataway.

This merger represents the culmination of a process that began in 2013 with the integration of Rutgers University and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. It offers us a unique opportunity to combine our staff and consolidate our resources, to build support for interdisciplinary initiatives and collaborations, and to assist our students as they complete their graduate programs and prepare for professional careers.

More importantly, it allows us to better serve the members of our communities by addressing more directly the challenges facing graduate education in the 21st century. Amidst rapidly changing labor markets, there are fewer tenure-track job opportunities. However, the demand for highly-trained professionals with advanced degrees has never been greater, affording our students a broad range of career paths on which to embark following their training.

With the creation of the School of Graduate Studies, we will be as committed as ever to the rigorous graduate training that has made Rutgers one of this nation’s leading research universities. We will anticipate the future needs of our students in order to help them thrive in a global economy where success depends on their cultivation of wide-ranging skill sets, and we will take advantage of the broad and deep expertise of our graduate faculty to develop a more interdisciplinary approach to graduate education.

Providing administrative oversight for nearly 140 graduate programs, we will continue to partner with our faculty and staff in order to train Rutgers students to think critically, to write effectively, and to work independently. We will also look for ways to build new innovative programs that will better prepare our students as they transition from graduate classrooms and labs into increasingly competitive labor markets.

Like its predecessors, the School of Graduate Studies will exist to foster new ideas and create new knowledge. With our new, integrated school, we are determined to be at the forefront of graduate education, and we are excited to serve our students, faculty, and staff in this new capacity.


Jerome J. Kukor, Ph.D.
Dean, Graduate School - New Brunswick
Future Dean of the School of Graduate Studies

Kathleen W. Scotto, Ph.D.
Dean, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Future Vice Dean of the School of Graduate Studies

To learn more about the creation of the School of Graduate Studies, read the Rutgers Today news release.



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:

    Stephanie Oh is first author on a paper in Redox Biology, September 2017. “Cytoprotective mechanisms of DJ-1 against oxidative stress through modulating ERK1/2 and ASK1 signal transduction.”

    Kamau Pierre is first author on a paper in Journal of Biological Rhythms, September 2017. “The Hepato-Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal-Renal Axis: Mathematical Modeling of Cortisol's Production, Metabolism, and Seasonal Variation.”

    Mark Pinkerton is first author on a paper in Methods in Molecular Biology, September 2017. “In Vitro Translation Assays for Selenocysteine Insertion.”

    Dharm Patel is first author on a paper in Journal of Cell Biology, September 2017. “BLM helicase regulates DNA repair by counteracting RAD51 loading at DNA double-strand break sites.”

  • Grants and Fellowships

    Ben Deverett was awarded a NIH F30 fellowship "Cerebellar contributions to reward prediction and decision-making”

    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

    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.
  • 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
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