RATS Virtual Paint Night

On Wednesday October 7th, the RATs hosted their first virtual event of the year! Joined by over 15 graduate students, they spent 2hrs reconnecting and celebrating the end of the first round of fall exams! Paint supplies were supplied for all who were interested and they spent the time painting and chatting. Be on the […]

Maxine Abustan Selected for ‘The Oncology Hack’ Program

  ‘The Oncology Hack’ is a 3-week program that brings together graduate students from data science and computer science disciplines to tackle a complex public health challenge. Maxine Abustan, 3rd year graduate student, will team up with other Rutgers students to design creative technical challenges that ‘can crack the code to a difficult oncology problem faced […]

Ayeshia Morris selected for National Scientist Mentoring and Diversity Program

JGPT PhD Student Ayeshia Morris was selected for the Scientist Mentoring and Diversity Program (SMDP). The 2020 SMDP training session was held virtually over the course of two days (Sep. 20 and 21st). Each day was filled with an array of panelists sharing their experiences working in industry, their journeys and any advice that would […]

Finding a New Normal to Prevent Resurgence – Op-Ed by Melissa Wilkinson


JGPT Doctoral Student and Research Fellow Melissa Wilkinson published an Op-Ed in the local Highland Park Planet. Below is an excerpt; read the full article here. We all are painfully aware of the current situation plaguing our nation: COVID-19. As weeks pass, we see the effects of the virus on our neighbors, friends, and even […]

BMS Graduate Research Fellowship Awarded to Melissa Wilkinson

  The Graduate Research Fellowship in Toxicology from Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. supports students involved in pre-clinical, in vivo toxicology research. Fourth year Ph.D. candidate Melissa Wilkinson was chosen to be the 2020-2021 recipient of this competitive fellowship. Melissa with perform research under the guidance and mentorship of Dr. Andrew Gow to investigate the use of […]

JGPT Trainees Run SURF Fellowship Program Online

With laboratories closed for research, JGPT students and postdocs moved their instruction in the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program online for 6 weeks. Postdocs Cody Smith and Lauren Walker and PhD students Zakiyah Henry, Maxine Abustan, Alyssa Bellomo, and Jackie Andres hosted a variety of lectures and activities ranging from lead testing in drinking […]

Starting the New Academic Year During a Pandemic

We welcomed 8 new PhD students into the toxicology graduate program. Our orientation took a new approach this year with social distancing and masks. Nonetheless, we were excited to see everyone in person. Our new RATS President Melissa Wilkinson gave an overview of the fun activities planned for this year. A pandemic will not prevent […]

Melissa Wilkinson Selected for 2020-2021 Eagleton Graduate Fellows Class

Melissa Wilkinson, a fourth year JGPT student in the Gow laboratory, was selected as a 2020-2021 Eagleton Graduate Fellow through the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University. This is an interdisciplinary program open to graduate students in all Rutgers schools and disciplines who would like to further an interest in American politics and government. […]

First Year Graduate Fellowships for JGPT Students

With our incoming PhD graduate students, the JGPT has a lot to celebrate! Five of our incoming students have been awarded graduate fellowships to support their first year in the program. Christopher Stradford – Receiving the IMSD Fellowship Michael Campbell – Receiving the Grover Fellowship   Talia Seymore – Receiving the Dean’s Fellowship Catherine Rojas […]

Shatkin Award to Dan Rizzolo, Toxicology PhD Student

Daniel Rizzolo, PhD student in Toxicology, has been selected as recipient of the 2020-21 Shatkin scholarship. The scholarship is named after Aaron Shatkin, who was the founding director of the Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine (CABM). Congratulations Dan!