M. Bishr Omary has been appointed as the Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences senior vice chancellor for Academic Affairs and Research. He will join Rutgers in August. Currently, he is the special advisor on Research to the Dean, professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, H. Marvin Pollard Professor of Gastroenterology, and professor of Internal Medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology at the University of Michigan. Read more about Omary.
On The Move
May 22, 2019
Christina Ragone has joined Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy as a coordinator for undergraduate student services. Previously, Ragone worked at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, where she was an academic advisor at the College of Engineering and Technology Advising Center. She earned her BA in sociology from Rutgers in 2008.
May 8, 2019
Enobong (Anna) Branch joins Rutgers–New Brunswick as vice chancellor for diversity, inclusion and community engagement, and professor of sociology effective August 12, 2019. Currently, Branch is associate chancellor for equity and inclusion, chief diversity officer, and professor of sociology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Elizabeth Leibach, chair and professor of the Department of Clinical Laboratory and Medical Imaging Sciences, School of Health Professions, has been appointed as the RBHS Veterans Affairs Affiliation Initiative Liaison. She will advance coordinated clinical, educational, and research activities across the organizations and develop a strategy at the VA New Jersey sites.
Madison Welch joins Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy as a development specialist focusing on cultivating alumni relations. Previously, Welch worked at The Valerie Fund in Maplewood coordinating fundraising and communications for donor events.
William "Bill" Waldman, professor of professional practice, School of Social Work, will retire on July 1, 2019. Waldman has been a faculty member at the school since 2001.
April 10, 2019
Janice Vasicek, center administrator/business specialist at the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, is retiring in May. Vasicek has been with the Heldrich Center since April 2003, providing budgeting and financial support to faculty and staff and supervising administrative support staff. She was also a print buyer for Rutgers’ Department of University Relations from 1994 to 2003.
March 27, 2019
Devin English joins the Department of Urban-Global Public Health at the School of Public Health as an assistant professor in August. He was previously an assistant research professor at Hunter College.
March 13, 2019
Hee-Sook Kim has been named a faculty member at the Public Health Research Institute and assistant professor in the Department of Microbiology, Biochemistry, & Molecular Genetics at New Jersey Medical School. Kim was formerly a research assistant professor at Cleveland State University.
February 27, 2019
Jimmy Green has been appointed as research project manager at the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. Green will manage aspects of the New Jersey Education to Earnings Data System, New Jersey’s centralized longitudinal data system. Previously, he worked at Domus Kids and Newark Public Schools.
The School of Management and Labor Relations welcomes Naomi R. Williams as assistant professor in the Department of Labor Studies and Employment Relations. Williams holds a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, and previously served as assistant professor of African and African-American studies at The College at Brockport.
February 13, 2019
Jennifer Hollingshead has been appointed as Vice Chancellor for Marketing and Communications for Rutgers University–New Brunswick and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. She was previously at the University of Missouri in various roles, including chief communications officer for the university president, vice presidents, and board of curators, and the marketing manager for the University of Missouri Health, the university's academic medical center. Most recently, she served as vice president at Prairie Dog|TCG, a national health care marketing agency in Kansas City, Mo. Read more about Hollingshead.
Fatima Mir has been appointed as a grant business specialist at Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. Previously, she was a business assistant at the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences.
Painter and printmaker Didier William joins the faculty of the Department of Art and Design at Mason Gross School of the Arts as an assistant professor in expanded print. William’s professorship begins in fall 2019.
Kyra Sutton joins the Department of Human Resource Management, School of Management and Labor Relations, as an assistant teaching professor. Sutton holds a Ph.D. in Labor and Human Resources from Ohio State University. She served on the faculty at Auburn University and Georgia State University before coming to Rutgers.
New Jersey Medical School welcomed the following researchers and faculty members in 2018.
- Kang Li, associate professor, Department of Orthopaedics, was formerly an assistant professor in the Department of Industrial and Mechanical Engineering at Rutgers.
- Alice Chu, associate professor and chief, Division of Pediatric Orthopaedics, was formerly an associate professor in the Department of Orthopaedics at New York University.
- Neil Kaushal, assistant professor, Department of Orthopaedics.
January 30, 2019
Bill Marosy, director of grants and contracts administration, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, is retiring after 25 years with Rutgers. He has served in his current role for the last 10 years and was previously the business manager for the school’s Center for Urban Policy Research.
January 16, 2019
Billy Terry has been named director of the National Transit Institute, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. Previously, Terry served as a senior legislative representative at the American Public Transportation Association, where he advocated for federal public transportation funding and legislation that enhances the operation of transit services across the country.
New Jersey Medical School welcomed the following researchers and faculty members in 2018:
- Tessa Bergsbaken, assistant professor in the Department of Pathology, Immunology and Laboratory Medicine and a member of the Center for Immunity and Inflammation, was previously a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Washington.
- Dustin Cummings, clinical assistant professor in the Department of Surgery.
- Thomas Dick, associate professor of medicine and director of antimicrobial drug discovery, Public Health Research Institute, was previously director of Biosafety Level 3 Core Facility at the National University of Singapore.
- Nataki Douglas, associate professor and director of translational research in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health and a member of the Center for Immunity and Inflammation, was a former associate professor at Columbia University Medical Center/NewYork–Presbyterian Hospital.
- Huijuan Hu, associate professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and a member of the Center for Immunity and Inflammation, was a former associate professor at Drexel University College of Medicine.
- Yosuke Kumamoto, assistant professor in the Department of Pathology, Immunology and Laboratory Medicine and a member of the Center for Immunity and Inflammation, was a former associate research scientist at Yale University.
- Dongfang Liu, associate professor, Department of Pathology, Immunology and Laboratory Medicine and a member of the Center for Immunity and Inflammation, was a former associate professor at the Houston Methodist Research Institute.
- Joseph B. Oliver, clinical assistant professor in the Department of Surgery.
- Dane Parker, tenure-track assistant professor in the Department of Pathology, Immunology and Laboratory Medicine and a member of the Center for Immunity and Inflammation, previously established his laboratory at Columbia University Medical Center.
- Flavio Paterno, associate professor in the Department of Surgery.
- Huzaifa Shakir, clinical assistant professor in the Department of Surgery.
- Jason Scott Weinstein, assistant professor and Chancellor Scholar in the Department of Medicine and a member of the Center for Immunity and Inflammation, was a former instructor at Yale University School of Medicine.
December 19, 2018
Linda Flynn, professor, School of Nursing, has been promoted to the position of senior associate dean of the Division of Nursing Science, with responsibility for the Ph.D. in Nursing program, and oversight of the Office of Research Services, Contracts and Grants. Previously, she was director of the Ph.D. program.
December 5, 2018
Michelle Edelstein has been promoted to manager of planning, communication, and marketing for the School of Public Health.
Michael C. Sturman joins the department of human resource management, School of Management and Labor Relations, as professor. He holds a Ph.D. from Cornell, where he served as the Kenneth and Marjorie Blanchard Professor of Human Resources prior to joining the Rutgers faculty. He studies job performance prediction, compensation systems, and human resources analytics and metrics.
November 20, 2018
Harmut (“Harty”) Mokros, professor of communication and former senior associate dean, School of Communication and Information, is retiring in December after 30 years at Rutgers. For information about his retirement party, email email@example.com.
Ryan Greenbaum, department of human resource management, School of Management and Labor Relations, was appointed as a teaching instructor. Greenbaum earned an M.B.A. in business administration from the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University and served as an adjunct professor in OSU’s department of management. His expertise is behavioral ethics and sports management.
Rosemarie Puig, management assistant, Graduate Medical Education, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, is retiring on December 1 after 26 years of service.
November 7, 2018
Carol Sadley, associate professor, School of Health Professions, is retiring in December after 25 years with the physician assistant program.
October 24, 2018
Rutgers–New Brunswick has appointed Piyushimita (Vonu) Thakuriah as the new dean of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. Previously, she was the Ch2m chair of transport and professor of urban studies and an affiliated professor at the School of Engineering in the University of Glasgow in the United Kingdom.
Ann Tucker, associate professor and chair of the department of interdisciplinary studies, School of Health Professions, is retiring in December after 32 years with the school.
The Rutgers Board of Governors has awarded the Karmazin and Lillard Chair in Adult Autism to Vanessa Hus Bal, associate professor in the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology.
Rebecca Greenbaum has been appointed professor of human resource management at the School of Management and Labor Relations. Previously, she held the William S. Spears Chair in Business Administration at Spears School of Business, Oklahoma State University.
Heidi Davis has been appointed as executive director for research services, contracts, and grants at the School of Nursing. Previously, Davis was director of grants and sponsored programs at Loyola University.
October 10, 2018
Ingrid Fulmer rejoins the School of Management and Labor Relations as associate dean for academic affairs and associate professor of Human Resource Management on November 1.
Lori Covey, professor, department of cell biology and neuroscience, School of Arts and Sciences, and an accomplished scholar in the field of immunology, has been named area dean of life sciences.
September 26, 2018
Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey has named M. Michele Blackwood as its new chief of breast surgery. Blackwood also serves as the medical director and northern regional director of breast services for RWJBarnabas Health.
Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Thomas Lennon has been named director of the Rutgers Film Bureau. Lennon has been nominated for four Oscars, premiered two films at Sundance Film Festival, and made films for PBS’s Frontline and The American Experience.
The School of Public Health has named Jason Roy as chair of the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology and director of Rutgers University Biostatistics and Epidemiology Services.
Debra Lancaster has been appointed executive director of the Center for Women and Work at the School of Management and Labor Relations. Lancaster, who most recently served as chief program officer at the New Jersey Department of Children and Families, started at the center in the mid-1990s and founded the Occupational Training and Education Consortium in 1997.
September 12, 2018
Patricia Fitzgerald-Bocarsly, professor and vice-chair for research, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, New Jersey Medical School, and an associate research member at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, has been appointed as Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences Provost–Newark.
Yana van der Meulen Rodgers joins the School of Management and Labor Relations as director of the Center for Women and Work and professor of Labor Studies and Employment Relations. She continues in her roles as a professor and undergraduate director of Women's and Gender Studies in the School of Arts and Sciences.
David S. Vicario, a professor and longtime chair in the Department of Psychology has been named area dean for social and behavioral sciences in the School of Arts and Sciences.
The School of Public Health has named Kitaw Demissie as the associate dean for faculty affairs.
The following RBHS faculty members were promoted and/or granted tenure effective July 1, 2018:
Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy
Christina Howlett, Clinical Associate Professor
New Jersey Medical School
Lily Arora, Associate Professor
Padmapriya Banada, Assistant Professor
Kathleen Beebe, Professor
Ravi Chokshi, Associate Professor
Jorge Contreras, Associate Professor
Stella Elkabes, Professor
Dennis Grech, Associate Professor
Caroline Hayes-Rosen, Associate Professor
Utz Herbig, Associate Professor, award of tenure
Andrea Hidalgo, Associate Professor
Evelyne Kalyoussef, Associate Professor
Cheryl Kennedy, Professor
Piotr Kisza, Associate Professor
Pradeep Kumar, Assistant Professor
Edward Lee, Associate Professor
James Liu, Professor
Yiyan Liu, Professor
Jyothi Nagajyothi, Associate Professor
James Oleske, Distinguished Professor
Jayashree Pain, Assistant Professor
Chan Woo Park, Associate Professor
Gloria Rodriguez, Associate Professor
Hassan Safi, Assistant Professor
Nizar Souayah, Professor
Harsh Sule, Associate Professor
Yeming Sun, Associate Professor
Lai-Hua Xie, Associate Professor, award of tenure
George Yap, Professor
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Geronima Alday, Assistant Professor
Azima Ashraf, Associate Professor
Rohail Asrar, Assistant Professor
Aswine Bal, Professor
Vikram Bhise, Associate Professor
Jisun Cha, Associate Professor
Chang Chan, Associate Professor
Deannon Colon, Assistant Professor
Malik Deen, Associate Professor
Roseanne Dobkin, Professor
Huizhou Fan, Professor
Christine Fratzola, Professor
Jeremy Grayson, Associate Professor
Steven Horwitz, Assistant Professor
Sabiha Hussain, Associate Professor
Dorothy Isecke, Assistant Professor
Estela Jacinto, Professor
Janos Jeges, Associate Professor
Isaac Kim, Professor
Soula Koniaris, Associate Professor
Ralee Konigsberg, Assistant Professor
William Kostis, Associate Professor
Geuntaek Lee, Assistant Professor
Anthony Lemaire, Associate Professor
Ernest Leva, Professor
Amin Maghari, Assistant Professor
Niveditha Meghadri, Assistant Professor
Janice Mehnert, Associate Professor, award of tenure
Neeti Misra, Assistant Professor
Ke Nie, Associate Professor
Michael Noll, Assistant Professor
Enrique Pantin, Professor
Payal Parikh, Assistant Professor
Rahul Parikh, Associate Professor
Dhenu Patel, Assistant Professor
Kamini Patel, Assistant Professor
Gregory Pierson, Assistant Professor
Rachel Power, Assistant Professor
Jonathan Prenner, Clinical Professor
Xin Qi, Assistant Professor
Mladen-Roko Rasin, Associate Professor, award of tenure
Joshua Raymond, Associate Professor
Hatem Sabaawy, Associate Professor
Daniel Schneider, Associate Professor
Bennett Shenker, Associate Professor
Jerod Stapelton, Associate Professor
Mark Stein, Professor
Jag Sunderram, Professor
Anthony Tobia, Professor
Jennifer Turkish, Assistant Professor
Grant Wei, Associate Professor
Xin Yu, Assistant Professor
Huaye Zhang, Associate Professor
Rutgers School of Dental Medicine
Ali Abbas, Associate Professor
Richard Bloomstein, Associate Professor
Peter Duda, Associate Professor
Mohamed Kamel, Associate Professor
Padma Mukherjee, Associate Professor
Cibele Nasri-Heir, Associate Professor
Herminio Perez, Assistant Professor
George Schmidt, Clinical Assistant Professor
School of Health Professions
Gerard Fluet, Associate Professor
Suril Gohel, Assistant Professor
Nancy Mingelgreen, Assistant Professor
James Scott Parrott, Professor
Shristi Rawal, Assistant Professor
School of Nursing
Irina Benenson, Assistant Professor
Linda Flynn, Professor, award of tenure
Yuri Jadotte, Associate Professor
Beth Knox, Assistant Professor
Sallie Anne Porter, Associate Professor
Darcel Reyes, Clinical Assistant Professor
School of Public Health
Judith Graber, Associate Professor