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Deadline to apply to the PhD program: December 15

Program Goals

The Ph.D. Program in  Biology provides training and research opportunities that reflect the diverse interests of our Graduate Faculty from NJIT and Rutgers-Newark. Students develop the knowledge and problem-solving skills needed to pursue a myriad of careers in biomedical, ecological, and evolutionary sciences. The program is designed to foster understanding of foundational and advanced concepts in the biological sciences, and the analytical skills necessary to examine evidence critically. iPSC-derived neurons

Training & Dissertation Research

The program offers training in three tracks, reflecting the research strengths of the department: 

  • Cell,  Molecular, and Neuro Biology
  • Ecology and Evolution,
  • Systems Neuroscience and Neurophysiology

Because of the complexity of biological sciences, training necessarily includes interdisciplinary approaches incorporated from other physical sciences and mathematics.

For more detailed information about the research projects, investigators, and labs, please consult the Faculty Research pages on this site.  Faculty members of the Graduate Program may be at either Rutgers or NJIT, and interested applicants should apply through the institution that the faculty members whose research they are most interested in are associated with.  For a list of Graduate Faculty members, please click here.

Program Directors

The program is co-directed by two Graduate Faculty members, one from Rutgers-Newark, and the other from NJIT. The Directors work closely together to oversee student progress and all matters related to the Program. Our current Graduate Program Directors are:

Haesun Kim, Ph.D.,

Dirk Bucher, Ph.D.,


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