We have openings for 1-2 PhD rotation students for the 2022-2023 academic year. All potential graduate students must be accepted into the Rutgers Neuroscience or Molecular Biosciences graduate programs.
Undergraduate students interested in joining the lab can apply by filling out our application form.
For other positions, please send inquiries and your CV to b.daniels [at] rutgers.edu!
Brian Daniels, PhD
Assistant Professor of Cell Biology and Neuroscience
Brian is from Greenville, SC and received BA/BS degrees in English and Behavioral Biology. He completed a PhD in neuroscience at Washington University in St. Louis in 2015. He then completed postdoctoral training at the University of Washington in Seattle. He joined the department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience at Rutgers as an assistant professor in 2019. Brian is a fan of audiobooks and musical theatre.
Colm Atkins, PhD
Laboratory Manager, Research Associate
Colm is from Rockville, MD and earned a BS in Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics and a BA in English Language and Literature from the University of Maryland. He earned his PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2014, followed by postdoctoral training at the University of Texas Medical Branch. You can find him riding a bike, listening to a record, reading a book, or walking a dog.
Nydia received a BA in Cell Biology and Neuroscience with a minor in Psychology from Rutgers in 2016. She is currently a fourth year PhD student in the Neuroscience Program at Rutgers. Nydia enjoys reading science- and medicine-based nonfiction and the arts.
Tracy did her undergraduate studies at National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan, and completed an MS degree in Biology from New York University in 2017. She is currently a third year PhD student in the Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Program at Rutgers. Tracy enjoys baking and listening to a broad range of music.
Irving is from New York City and earned his BS and later MS in Neuroscience from The City College of New York in 2020. He is currently a second year PhD student in the Neuroscience Program at Rutgers and an IMSD fellow. He enjoys spending time with his dog, hiking, sprint triathlons, musicals, watching Shark Tank, and RuPaul’s Drag Race.
Marissa received a BS degree in Microbiology from Oregon State University in 2017. She is currently a third year PhD student in the Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Program at Rutgers. Outside of the lab, she can be found hiking and mountain biking New Jersey’s “mountains”.
Postbaccalaureate Research Assistant
Juan is originally from Colombia. He received a BA in Cell Biology & Neuroscience from Rutgers University in 2021. He joined the lab in his senior year and is now working as a research assistant. He plans to continue his academic career as an MD/PhD student. In his free time, Juan enjoys hiking, exercising, and taking pictures.
Sarah is from East Brunswick, NJ and is currently a sophomore at Rutgers, majoring in Cell Biology & Neuroscience with a minor in English. She joined the lab in Fall 2021 and plans to become a physician-scientist. In her free time, Sarah enjoys reading creative nonfiction, fencing sabre, and listening to a variety of podcasts.
Ben is from Flemington, NJ and is currently a sophomore at Rutgers, double majoring in Cell Biology & Neuroscience and Philosophy. He joined the lab in Fall 2021 and plans to attend graduate and/or medical school after his undergraduate studies. In his free time, he enjoys playing chess, listening to music, and going to the beach.
Po-Lun is from North Haledon, NJ and is currently a senior at Rutgers, double majoring in Cell Biology & Neuroscience major and Communication. He joined the lab in Fall 2019 and plans to pursue a PhD. In his free time, he likes swimming, tasting new cuisines, and reading comics.
Nick Panzera is from Moorestown, NJ and is a junior at Rutgers
majoring in Cell Biology & Neuroscience. He joined the lab in the fall of 2020 and plans to pursue a PhD. Outside of academics, Nick plays the drumset for the Rutgers' pep band. He enjoys practicing the drums and exploring new music.
Srija Indukuri: Undergraduate Researcher (2019-2020)
Srija was a CBN major who performed some of our first studies of RIPK3 signaling in astrocytes during ZIKV infection. She also assisted with management of our transgenic animal colony. Srija is currently taking a gap year while applying to medical school.
Hahram Kim: Visiting Undergraduate Researcher (Summer 2019)
Hahram did a summer internship in the lab through the Meiklejohn Fellowship Program at Amherst College. He is currently finishing his undergraduate studies at Amherst.
Medha Krishnagiri: Undergraduate Researcher (2019-2021)
Medha was a CBN major whose project focused on mechanisms of programmed cell death during Parkinson's disease. She was a recipient of a Summer Student Fellowship from the Parkinson's Foundation (2020). She is currently a postbac in the NIH IRTA program, working in Mark Cookson's lab.
Kimberly Newman: Graduate Rotation Student (Fall 2019)
Kim was a rotation student in the Neuroscience PhD program at Rutgers. She performed in vivo studies of ZIKV pathogenesis using mouse genetic tools to target RIPK3 expression in astrocytes. She is currently pursuing her PhD in the lab of Gary Aston Jones.
Aisha Patel: Undergraduate Researcher (2019-2020)
Aisha was a CBN major in the SAS honors program. She was the recipient of a DLS Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (2019). She was also named a Henry Rutgers Scholar (2020) in recognition of her outstanding honors thesis examining roles for alpha synuclein in promoting neuroinflammatory astrocyte polarization. Aisha is currently working as a medical scribe while applying to medical school.
Winnie Wong: Undergraduate Researcher (2019-2021)
Winnie was a CBN major who initiated our first studies examining roles for P53 during Zika virus infection. She was the recipient of an Aresty Undergraduate Research Fellowship (2019) and a DLS Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (2020). She is currently pursuing a DDS at the University at Buffalo.