Federated and Graduate Faculty

The Department of Biological Sciences at NJIT is Federated with our sister Department at Rutgers. Faculty from both Departments are considered equal joint members the Federated Department. This means, for example, that students at all levels, from undergraduate to graduate, are free to explore research possibilities and with any of the core faculty. It also means that tenured and tenure-rack faculty are automatically members of the larger graduate programs at both institutions.

In addition, the Federated Department of Biological Sciences maintains a list of external graduate faculty members, who have been elected by the Department and who can serve in various roles in our graduate program. Generally these additional members are drawn from other departments at Rutgers and NJIT, or from affiliated organizations such as Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences.

Below are lists of the Rutgers members of the Federated Department, followed by external members of the Department's Graduate program.

Rutgers Faculty of the Federated Department

Links will take you to their pages on the Rutgers website.

Edward Bonder, RU
Intracellular organelle motility, cellular dynamics of actin and microtubule cytoskeleton, tissue and organelle development.

Ann Cali, RU
Obligate intracellular parasitic organisms of the phylum Microsporidia, in all types of hosts including invertebrates, vertebrates, and humans.

Radek Dobrowolski, RU
Molecular mechanisms leading to neuronal death as observed in Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

Gerald D. Frenkel, RU
Effects of selenium compounds on tumors in vivo and tumor cells in vitro, selenium compounds as cancer chemotherapeutic and chemopreventive agents, prevention of drug resistance in cancer.

Wilma Friedman, RU
Cellular mechanisms of cytokine and neurotrophin actions on CNS neurons and glia.

Nan Gao, RU
Molecular events that control and/or disrupt mitotic cell division and epithelial polarity in mammalian development and disease.

Claus Holzapfel, RU
Ecological consequences and evolutionary trajectories of interactions between plants; the mechanisms by which plants adapt to varying environments.

Andrew E. Kasper, RU
Morphology, anatomy, systematics and evolution of extinct vascular plants from the Devonian geological period.

Haesun Kim, RU
Cellular and molecular biology of myelinating glial cells: Mechanism of signal transduction involved in axon-Schwann cell interaction. Molecular mechanism of cell fate determination in the developing peripheral nervous system.

Edward G. Kirby, RU
Nitrogen metabolism in woody plants; forest biotechnology.

Patrice Maurel, RU
Molecular mechanisms that regulate the axo-glial interactions, especially cell adhesion molecules (the Nectin-like proteins).

Douglas Morrison, RU
Ecological and neurobiological studies of the social and foraging behavior of birds; developing ways to expand and humanize computer-aided instruction in undergraduate education.

Alex Rodriguez, RU
Role of local protein synthesis of mRNAs in cancer metastasis.

Karina V. R. Shäfer, RU
Ecosystem ecology, global change and its effect on biogeochemical cycles in terrestrial ecosystems.

Tracy Tran, RU
Cellular and molecular mechanisms of axonal guidance, dendritic spine development and neural circuit formation.

Gregory Weber, RU
Morphogenesis: Understanding how cells perceive and respond to physical cues in their environment; force-dependent changes in cytoskeleton organization and related cell signaling; how individual cell behaviors alter the intrinsic micromechanical properties of tissues.

Jessica Ware, RU
Evolutionary and organismal biology, entomology, and phylogenetic methodology.

Judith Weis, RU
Effects of environmental factors, including pollutants, on growth, development, behavior, life history, and interactions of marine organisms, particularly fish and crustacea; ecotoxicology; estuarine and salt marsh ecology and ecotoxicology.

External Members of the Graduate Program

Ali Abdi, NJIT
Wireless communication in underwater and terrestrial channels; channel estimation and modeling; blind modulation recognition; systems biology; computational biology; analysis of molecular networks.

Elizabeth Abercrombie, RU
Neurochemistry, catecholamines and behavior, and neurotransmitter interactions.

Francisco J. Artigas, Meadowlands Environmental Research Institute
Hyperspectral remote sensing, Geographic Information Systems, continuous water and air quality monitoring systems, environmental data visualization, and on-line environmental decision support systems.

Amitabha K. Bose, NJIT
Dynamical systems, mathematical biology, stability of traveling waves, geometric singular perturbation theory.

Gyorgy Buzsaki, RU
How neuronal circuitries of the brain support its cognitive capacities.

Edgardo T. Farinas, NJIT
Protein Engineering using directed evolution approaches.

Frank Jordan, RU
The structure, folding, inhibitor design and mechanism of action of two classes of enzymes: thiamin diphosphate dependent a-keto acid decarboxylases and dehydrogenases, and the serine proteases.

Steven W. Levison, RBHS-NJMS
Regeneration of the CNS from its resident stem cells and progenitors; how brain damage and repair are influenced by neuroinflammation.

Victor V. Matveev, NJIT
Computational neuroscience, stochastic process theory, statistical mechanics.

Richard Mendelsohn, RU
Membrane biophysics; vibrational spectroscopy; phospholipid/protein interaction. lung surfactants.

Cyrill Muratov, NJIT
Reaction-diffusion equations and their applications; Pattern formation and propagation phenomena; Calculus of variations, analysis of nonlinear PDEs; Modeling and analysis of cell communication in development; Stochastic analysis of rare events

Camelia Prodan, NJIT
Live Cells and Vesicles; Microtubules; MTS and Diffusion; Biophysics.

Horacio Rotstein, NJIT
The study of the biophysical and dynamic mechanisms underlying the generation of rhythmic oscillatory activity in the brain, particularly in the hippocampus and entorhinal cortex.

Kimberly Russell, Rutgers
SPIDA; PBI - Goblin Spiders; Native bees & powerlines; Linear habitats in agricultural systems.

James Tepper, RU
In vivo and in vitro electrophysiological and anatomical studies of the afferent control of substantia nigra dopaminergic neuron activity and the GABAergic neurons of the pars reticulata; Electrophysiological and anatomical studies of the physiology and function of the neostriatum; Animal models of human disease; Optogenetic investigation of basal ganglia circuitry.

Sanjay Thyagi, RBHS-PHRI
Intracellular dynamics of messenger RNAs.