Neuroscience and Brain Health Research Faculty at Rutgers

Rutgers Brain Health Institute has more than 300 neuroscience and brain health research labs; of these, more than 25 labs are currently looking for highly qualified, talented and motivated postdoctoral researchers. As a Rutgers postdoc, you will work with a team of mentors and the Rutgers university-wide postdoc office to tailor your training to meet your career goals. The directory below can be searched using keywords to identify faculty currently interested in recruiting post-docs in various areas of neuroscience and brain health research. Click faculty names to get more information about their research programs. (Note- viewing is limited to five faculty per page; please click the icon at the bottom right of table to page through the entire list.)

Rutgers BHI faculty interested in recruiting post-docs (search by keyword or click through pages)

NameSchoolDepartmentE-mail AddressResearch Areas
Max A. TischfieldRU-NBCell Bio & Craniofacial, brain, and vascular biology and the relationship to disease
Mark A. RossiRBHS-RWJMSPsychiatry/ Neural control of feeding, energy homeostasis, diet-induced obesity, motivation, feeding hormones, deep brain two-photon calcium imaging, hypothalamus, electrophysiology
Yong KimRBHS-BHI/ Brain cells’ compensatory or repair mechanisms, TBI,
Brain injury, Neurodegeneration, Mood disorders, Antidepressant actions
David BarkerRU-NB/ Systems neuroscience, drug addiction, reward and aversion learning, anxiety, depression, pain. Anatomical tract tracing, in situ hybridization, confocal, brightfield and fluorescence microscopy, electrophysiology, drug self-administration, optogenetics, chemogenetics, electron microscopy, pavlovian and operant conditioning, rodent behavior.
Vedad DelicRBHS-NJMS/VAPharmacology, Physiology & Neurosciencevedad.delic@rutgers.eduTBI, Parkinson, neurodegeneration, cell and molecular neuroscience, mitochondria
Luciano D’AdamioRBHS-NJMS/BHIPharmacology, Physiology and Neuroscienceluciano.dadamio@rutgers.eduMechanisms of age-related neurodegeneration occurring in Alzheimer disease (AD), Familial British dementia (FBD) and Danish dementia (FDD) as well as the biological function of APP and BRI2 in the CNS. We study the role of these genes in progressive memory and synaptic transmission impairment that are dependent on a C-Terminal fragment of APP. We have developed the first knock-in Rat models for AD and FDD to study behavior, learning and memory.
Troy A. RoepkeRU-NBAnimal Sciencesta.roepke@rutgers.eduEffect of steroids, diets, and environmental stresses on neurophysiological functions controlled by the hypothalamus
Ching-On WongRU-NewarkBiological Neurodegeneration; aging; cell metabolism; organellar biology; endo-lysosome; genetic models; Drosophila.

Pierre-Olivier Electrophysiological, optogenetic and functional imaging techniques to study perception & seizure initiation
Detlev BoisonRBHS-RWJMS/NJMS/ Epilepsy, Epileptogenesis, Brain injury, Brain repair, Neurogenesis, Neurodegeneration, Schizophrenia, Autism, Cancer, Metabolism, Energy homeostasis, Adenosine, Neuromodulation, Epigenetics, Stem Cell Therapy, AAV, Stereotactic rodent surgery, Behavioral Neuroscience, Translational Research, Drug Discovery & Development.
Ronald P HartRU-NBCell Bio & iPSC to study mechanisms of neurogenesis and to model diseases of the human nervous system; stem cells
Mi-Hyeon Neural stem cells, adult neurogenesis, hippocampus, learning and memory function, Alzheimer’s disease and chemobrain, molecular biology, high-resolution imaging, genetics, and behavioral neuroscience, cognitive dysfunction, cancer
Hyung Jin AhnRBHS-NJMS/BHIPharmacology, Physiology & Our lab is interested in the crosstalk between the cerebrovascular system and the nervous system in Alzheimer’s disease (AD). To identify molecular targets and biomarkers underlying cerebrovascular deficits in AD, we are investigating cerebrovascular dysfunction and blood-brain barrier damage in rodent AD models and postmortem specimens of AD patients using various biochemical & histochemical techniques, in vivo fiberoptic spectroscopy, in vivo two photon imaging, MRI, and 3D Immunostaining combined with iDISCO tissue clearing method.
Bonnie FiresteinRU-NBCell Bio & Dendrite patterning and synaptogenesis; traumatic brain injury (TBI), spinal cord injury (SCI), autism, Rett Syndrome, and Alzheimer's disease, schizophrenia
Morgan Animal models of addiction and mood disorders, sleep, circadian rhythms, chemogenetics, behavioral pharmacology
Kevin MonahanRU-NBMol Bio & Biochem (SAS)km1339@dls.rutgers.eduolfaction; neuronal diversity; 3D nuclear structure; chromatin; development
David J. MargolisRU-NBCell Bio & two-photon, calcium imaging, widefield imaging, fluorescent probes, genetically encoded transgenic mice, Cre lines, cranial window, chronic long-term multisite recordings, electrophysiology, optogenetics, chemogenetics, neuron, dendrite, synapse, cortical network, head-fixed behavior, arduino, experience-dependent, brain injury, TBI, Fragile-X syndrome, degeneration, sensory processing, cortex, striatum
Justin D. YaoRBHS-RWJMS/BHIOtolaryngology-Head & Neck Auditory Cortex; Parietal Cortex; Neural Basis of Sensory Decision-Making; Sensory Impairment and Cognitive Dysfunction
Sabine HilfikerRBHS-NJMSAnesthesiology &
Pharmacology, Physiology and Neuroscience Parkinson´s disease; LRRK2; protein phosphorylation; membrane trafficking; endolysosomal system; Rab proteins; therapeutics and patient stratification
Pingyue PanRBHS-RWJMSNeurosci & Cell Function and regulation of dopaminergic synapses, as well as the mechanisms of its deregulation in disease conditions. Synaptic deregulation in the context of Parkinson's disease. Transgenic mouse models, optical tools for quantitative imaging, biochemical, behavioral and pathological analyses to address dopamine neuron-specific vulnerability. How different synaptic PD variants integrate their signaling to culminate in the dysfunction of dopaminergic pathways.
Danielle M. DickRBHS-RWJMS/ Addiction, substance use disorders, genetics, GWAS, opioid, alcohol, childhood disorders, development, racial disparity
Wayne FisherRBHS-RWJMS/BHIPediatricswf116@rwjms.rutgers.eduAutism and developmental disabilities, Assessment and treatment of destructive behavior, Generative verbal behavior in humans
Zhiping PangRBHS-RWJMSNeuro & Cell Bio (RBHS) neural basis of the regulation of feeding, satiety, metabolism and obesity; Modeling neuropsychiatric disorders using human neurons; neural stem cells.
Victoria AbrairaRU-NBCell Biology and Neuroscienceabraira@dls.rutgers.eduWe use mouse molecular genetics to dissect the circuits of the somatosensory system. We study how touch circuits in the spinal cord contribute to pain, locomotion and social behaviors.
Kasia BieszczadRU-NBPsychology (SAS) auditory cortex, tonotopic map, sensory physiology, behavioral psychology, epigenetics, histone acetylation,
Teresa WoodRBHS-NJMSPharmacology, Physiology & Neurosciencewoodte@njms.rutgers.eduGrowth factors in CNS/PNS glial cells; multiple sclerosis, stroke, neural stem cells & progentitor cells; mTOR signaling
Ying-Xian PanRBHS-BHI/ Molecular mechanisms of opioid actions
Opioid pharmacology
Animal models of pain and opioid addiction
Alternative splicing of GPCR
Development of novel drugs for treating pain
Michal BeeriRBHS-RWJMS/BHI/ Alzheimer disease, dementia, aging, cognitive, diabetes, biomarkers, MRI
Soha SalehRBHS-SHP/BHIRehabilitation & Movement brain, spinal cord, injury, multiple sclerosis, cognitive, neural networks, motor learning, neuroplasticity, fNIRS, EEG, MRI
Tibor RohacsRBHS-NJMSPharmacology, Physiology & Cellular/biophysical characterization of Trp ligand gated ion channels. Thermal, mechanical and pain sensing mechanisms
Emanuel DiCicco-BloomRBHS-RWJMSNeuro & Cell Bio (RBHS) Gene and growth factor regulation of neurogenesis during mammalian brain development; development of cerebellum, cerebral cortex, hippocampus; mouse models of autism and schizophrenia; human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) and neural stem cells including idiopathic and syndromic autism; work in vivo, in culture, with gene under- and over-expression
Darina PetrovskyRBHS-SN/IFHNursing
Nina CoopermanRBHS-BHI/
Hiroko NobutaRBHS-CABMNeuroscience & Cell
David ZaldRBHS-BHI/
Olga Jarrín MontanerCollege Of NursingCollege Of
Alison BernsteinRBHS-SOP/EOSHIPharmacology and Parkinson's diease, neurotoxicology, neuroepigenetics, pesticides, persistent organic pollutants, developmental toxicology
Santiago CuestaRU-NBCell Bio &
Benjamin SamuelsRU-NBPsychology (SAS) Molecular, cellular, genetic, behavioral, and neural circuitry studies into the mechanisms underlying treatment resistance; Mouse models of depression and anxiety; Brain gene expression profiling.
Ian OldenburgRBHS-RWJMSNeuro & Cell Bio (RBHS) Neural circuits, Motor Circuits, Systems Neuroscience, Optics, Multiphoton Optogenetics, Behavioral Neuroscience, Neural Coding, Control of Movement.


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Rutgers Postdoctoral Association

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Rutgers Union

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The INSPIRE (IRACDA New Jersey/New York for Science Partnerships in Research & Education) Postdoctoral Program at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS), sponsored by NIH-IRACDA (Institutional Research and Career Development Award), provides up to three years of mentored research experience in biomedical fields at RWJMS or Rutgers University