Biomedical & Health Sciences - Ph.D. programs

Newark Health Science Campus | Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS)

Multidisciplinary Ph.D. Program In Biomedical Sciences

Based on their interests, students entering the multidisciplinary program will choose one of four educational tracks that focus on molecular biosciences (MBGC), integrative biosciences (CBNP), infectious disease and immunity (I3), or biomedical engineering (BME). Each track provides a structured education in one of four broad biomedical subject areas and yet encourages students to develop their own curriculum on their specialized research interest. Faculty mentors may be members of more than one educational track, thereby allowing students greater flexibility in choosing the track that fits their educational needs. In addition, students may apply for consideration by more than one track, and it is possible to move between tracks once enrolled.

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Molecular Biology, Genetics and Cancer

MBGC track

The MBGC Track includes the disciplines of Molecular Biology, Molecular Genetics, and Cancer, as well as Biochemistry, Radiation Biology, Structural Biology, and Bioinformatics. These disciplines encompass a set of complementary approaches to life processes. Their common objective is to understand how structure and function define intra- and inter-cellular processes. Students in this track will receive a broad, yet personalized, scientific education. Such training will expand the students' capacity for scholarly activity and independent creative thinking. The MBGC Track emphasizes practical preparation for scientific careers in both academia and industry.

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Cell Biology, Neuroscience And Physiology

CBNP track

The CBNP track offers a flexible multidisciplinary curriculum and research opportunities to give students the ability to explore intersections across the disciplines of neuroscience, physiology, biophysics, cardiovascular biology, molecular pharmacology, and stem cell biology. During 3 semesters of integrated coursework, students will take 3 laboratory research rotations and select mentors for focused thesis research. Students who earn Ph.D. degrees in the CBNP track will be positioned to continue their careers performing the interdisciplinary and translational systems biology research that will epitomize the future of biomedical research.

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Infection, Immunity And Inflammation

I3 track

The I3 track of our graduate program is ideal for students interested in training for basic and translational research careers in immunology, microbiology, and microbial and host pathogenesis.  The coursework for I3 comprises the first 15 months of the program, and includes introductory and advanced courses taught in lectures and small, Socratic group formats.  The I3 curriculum will provide the theoretical bases for molecular biologic, biochemical, cell biologic, and organismal approaches to studying infection, immunity, and inflammation.  Following coursework, I3 students will be prepared to critically evaluate and implement these approaches in their Ph.D. dissertation projects.  I3 students will select a mentor and project from among the I3 faculty, whose research programs span the fields of Immunology, Virology, Bacteriology, Mycology, and Parasitology.  Students who earn Ph.D. degrees in the I3 program will be positioned to continue their careers as leaders in directing and performing biomedical research.

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Biomedical Engineering

Joint Doctoral Training Program in Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical Engineering integrates engineering principles from physical, mathematical, chemical, and computational sciences with biomedical sciences to study medicine, behavior and health. The Biomedical Engineering program combines the strengths of the Rutgers School of Graduate Studies at the Newark Health Science Campus with the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) to meet the growing needs for biomedical engineers at the cutting edges of technology and innovation. 

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