Ph.D. Biology

The Ph.D. Program of the Federated Department of Biological Sciences (NJIT and Rutgers) provides students with opportunities to develop the knowledge and problem-solving skills needed to pursue a myriad of professional careers in biomedical, ecological, and evolutionary sciences.

Summary

The objective of the Ph.D. program is to produce scientists capable of performing significant independent research in their area of specialization, and of effectively communicating their work to other scientists, policy-makers, and the general public. This is achieved through three types of training:

  1. Critical-thinking and quantitative skills to understand current issues in biology, including critical analysis of the primary literature in their chosen area of specialization.  
  2. High-level research techniques — an appropriate combination of laboratory, computational and literature based skills — and use these to complete a dissertation that expands our understanding of a particular area of biology. Upon completion, a graduating student will be capable of planning and conducting a hypothesis-driven research program.

Professional communication of their work both formally and informally, to audiences as diverse as the general public, undergraduates, or world-renowned researchers in their field of specialization. This crucial skill will enable them to pursue careers in academia, government, private industry or non-profit organizations.

Students who complete the program are expected to leave with considerable expertise in their broader research field and in the narrower context of their specific research projects. Overall, we expect graduates of the Biology Ph.D. program at NJIT to meet the following learning outcomes:

  • They will have the ability to design and conduct scientifically sound experiments or theoretical studies. They will be able to discuss critically the approaches and results obtained.
  • They will have learned to analyze and interpret various forms of experimental data and/or theoretical results, put them in a larger conceptual framework, and critically assess their general biological relevance.
  • They will understand ethical principles and regulatory restrictions that govern the use of animals, humans, and environmental resources in biological research approaches.
  • They will have developed a broad understanding of biology and related disciplines in the larger human and global context.
  • They will have obtained the depth and breadth of knowledge, as well as the language and critical thinking skills needed to operate in a multidisciplinary environment, be it in academia of elsewhere.
  • They will have gained the ability to effectively communicate scientific data, ideas, concepts, and relevance to both experts and broader audiences.  This pertains to both written and oral communications.
  • They will be well prepared to obtain gainful employment in private, government, industry, or academic sectors. For example, they will be qualified and competitive in the search for postdoctoral research positions in industry or academia.

Core Faculty

Jonathan Smitherson

Nadim, Farzan

Professor of Neurobiology

View Profile
Nadim, Farzan
Professor of Neurobiology, Biological Sciences
Official
CKB 420E
Jonathan Smitherson

Golowasch, Jorge P.

Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies

View Profile
Golowasch, Jorge P.
Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies, biological sciences
Official
CKB 420F
Jonathan Smitherson

Russell, Gareth J.

Associate Professor, Chair

View Profile
Russell, Gareth J.
Associate Professor, Chair, Biological Sciences
Official
428H Central King Building
Jonathan Smitherson

Fortune, Eric S.

Associate Professor

View Profile
Fortune, Eric S.
Associate Professor, Biological Sciences
Not Provided
Official
Central King Building 417
Jonathan Smitherson

Bunker, Daniel E.

Associate Professor

View Profile
Bunker, Daniel E.
Associate Professor, Biological Sciences
Official
428J Central King Building (CKB)
Jonathan Smitherson

Bucher, Dirk M.

Associate Professor, Graduate Program Director

View Profile
Bucher, Dirk M.
Associate Professor, Graduate Program Director, Biological Sciences
Official
420G CKB
Jonathan Smitherson

Rotstein, Horacio G.

Professor - Math Bio & Computational Neuroscience

View Profile
Rotstein, Horacio G.
Professor - Math Bio & Computational Neuroscience, Biological Sciences
Official
CKB 420D 4th floor
Jonathan Smitherson

Garnier, Simon J.

Assistant Professor

View Profile
Garnier, Simon J.
Assistant Professor, biological sciences
Official
428A CKB
Jonathan Smitherson

Haspel, Gal

Assistant Professor

View Profile
Haspel, Gal
Assistant Professor, biological sciences
Official
420B CKB
Jonathan Smitherson

Soares, Daphne F.

View Profile
Soares, Daphne F.
Official
CKB 428G
Jonathan Smitherson

Flammang, Brooke

Assistant Professor

View Profile
Flammang, Brooke
Assistant Professor, biological sciences
Official
428k CKB
Jonathan Smitherson

Barden, Phillip M.

Assistant Professor

View Profile
Barden, Phillip M.
Assistant Professor, BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE
Official
428B CKB

Advisement

Jonathan Smitherson

Bucher, Dirk M.

Associate Professor, Graduate Program Director

View Profile
Bucher, Dirk M.
Associate Professor, Graduate Program Director, Biological Sciences
Official
420G CKB
Jonathan Smitherson

Ware, Jessica J.

View Profile
Ware, Jessica J.
Not Provided
Official