Research at Rowan University Stratford

Science Building

Improving the health of individuals and communities begins with research. The academic departments at the School of Osteopathic Medicine consist of dedicated clinical and biomedical scientists with expertise in diverse disciplines.
Faculty-driven research in Stratford encompasses social, behavioral, clinical, and basic sciences and occurs at several sites on the campus. The New Jersey Institute for Successful Aging (NJISA) is a multi-disciplinary research institute devoted to improving the health of the elderly. The CARES Institute is a nationally-recognized center for the study of child abuse and prevention.

The Science Center houses over twenty independent basic science laboratories conducting research in biochemistry, cell biology, molecular biology, genetics and physiology. These research programs are sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the American Cancer Society and many other public and private entities. In addition, the Rowan University Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences integrates research with teaching. Collaboration among students, technicians, fellows, and faculty create a exciting environment for innovation and discovery.


Stratford Campus Research Day

The 18th Annual Stratford Campus Research Day will be held on Thursday, May 8, 2014 from 10:00am to 3:00pm in the Multi-Purpose Room of the Academic Center Building.  The purpose of this event, sponsored by Rowan-SOM, is to recognize the efforts of faculty, staff, and students involved in research, promote collaboration, and encourage student participation in research.

You are invited to submit poster presentations of research projects or related professional activity.  Poster submissions from all campuses at Rowan University are welcome. Poster space will be limited – please email Marion Dugan ( ) by Thursday, April 24, 2014 regarding the number of poster presentations (including titles and authors) which you plan to submit.

In addition to poster presentations and a student poster competition, we will also have a Keynote Lecture by Dr. Guenther Boden, MD from 12pm to 1pm in the Academic Center Auditorium.  Dr. Boden is the Laura H. Carnell Professor of Medicine, Emeritus at Temple University and is a long time Temple Clinical Endocrinologist.  The title of his lecture is “Insulin Resistance, the Link between Obesity and Cardiovascular Disease.” Lunch will be provided after the keynote.

There will also be exhibits by scientific/laboratory equipment vendors.


Summer Medical Research Fellowship (SMRF) Program 2014

The 2014 application deadline has passed. Applications are currently being reviewed. 


Publication Highlights

  • Biswas E.E., Barnes, M.H., Moir, D.T., Biswas, S. B. (2009). An essential DnaB helicase of Bacillus anthracis: identification, characterization, and mechanism of action. J. Bacteriol. 191, 249-260
  • Chris Baldi, Soochin Cho, and Ronald E. Ellis. Mutations in Two Independent Pathways Are Sufficient to Create Hermaphroditic Nematodes. Science 2009 326: 1002-1005.
  • Anne L. Dunlop, Brian W. Jack, Joseph N. Bottalico, Michael C. Lu, Andra James, Cynthia S. Shellhaas, Lynne Haygood-Kane Hallstrom, Benjamin D. Solomon, W. Gregory Feero, M. Kathryn Menard, Mona R. Prasad. The clinical content of preconception care: women with chronic medical conditions. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Volume 199, Issue 6, Supplement 2, December 2008, Pages S310-S327.
  • Carsia RV, Weber H, McIlroy PJ, Hock CE.Long-term Dietary Lipid Regimen Alters Adrenocortical Function at the Cellular Level. Horm Metab Res. 2008 Dec;40(12):848-53. Epub 2008 Sep 22.
  • Andux S, Ellis RE. Apoptosis Maintains Oocyte Quality in Aging Caenorhabditis elegans Females. PLoS Genet. 2008 Dec; 4(12) : e1000295. Epub 2008 Dec 5.
  • DePaula CA, Pan Y, Guzelsu N. Uniform partial dissolution of bone mineral by using fluoride and phosphate ions combination. Connect Tissue Res. 2008;49(5):328-42.
  • Kent T, Lapik YR, Pestov DG. The 5' external transcribed spacer in mouse ribosomal RNA contains two cleavage sites. RNA. 2008 Nov 24.
  • Scholl TO, Chen X. Vitamin D intake during pregnancy: Association with maternal characteristics and infant birth weight. Early Hum Dev. 2008 Nov 11.
  • Peter Stein T, Scholl TO, Schluter MD, Leskiw MJ, Chen X, Spur BW, Rodriguez A. Oxidative stress early in pregnancy and pregnancy outcome. Free Radic Res. 2008 Oct; 42(10):841-8.
  • M. Sologub, D. Litonin, M. Anikin, A. Mustaev, and D. Temiakov. TFB2 Is a Transient Component of the Catalytic Site of the Human Mitochondrial RNA Polymerase. Cell 2009, Volume 139, Issue 5, 934-944.


SOM Researchers Discover Novel Mechanism of Complex Evolutionary Change.

Scientists at the School of Osteopathic Medicine have discovered how two different species solved the same evolutionary problem; how to create self-fertile animals that do not need to mate with males in order to produce offspring. The researchers’ findings appear in the November 17 edition of Current Biology.

  • Cares Institute
  • New Jersey Institute for Successful Aging
  • Graduate School for Biological Sciences

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