About me

I am a Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, the Department of Chemical & Biochemical Engineering and hold an Adjuct faculty position in the Department of Surgery at the Rutgers-RWJ Medical School. My research focuses on systems biology and pharmacology of inflammation with special emphasis on the interactions between the circadian and immune systems. I am Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. I hold a BS degree from NTUA, Athens, Greece; MS/PhD from Purdue University, all in Chemical Engineering. I was a Research Associate at Princeton University and prior to joining Rutgers I was with ExxonMobil's Corporate Strategic Research Laboratories in NJ. You can find detailed information about my education, experience, and activities in my CV (click here). You can get more information about what I work on currently in the "Research" page of my web site.

 

Research Interests

Computational Systems Biology; Computational Systems Pharmacology; Inflammation and inflammatory diseases; Circadian - immune - metabolism interactions

 

Professional experience

2004 - presentRutgers University

1996 - 2004:  Corporate Research Laboratories, ExxonMobil R&E, Annandale, NJ, USA. Scientific Associate - Technical Program Leader

 

Education

1993 - 1996Princeton University. Postdoctoral Research Associate, Chemical Engineering

1990 - 1993Purdue University. PhD, Chemical Engineering

1988 - 1990: Purdue University. MS, Chemical Engineering

1983 - 1988: National Technical University of Athens, Greece. BS, Chemical Engineering.

I am always looking for students, both undergraduate and graduate, excited and curious to join my group.

If interested in a PhD, I strongly recommend that you read my thoughs here

Before considering joining my group please read carefully (here) my mentoring philosophy and the expectations for any future group member. Graduate school is first and foremost fun ! Here is Dr. Craig Mello (Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine, 2006) explaining why. Here is also some good advise to keep in mind when approaching likely future mentors from Dr. Paul Nurse (Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine, 2006).

Please take a look at the two presentations bellow (left) where I have tried to summarize personal comments for anyone who wants to get involved with research. On the right is a lecture I give to our Intro to BME class (sophomore BME students) on "Genomics, Proteomics and Metabolomics: Opportunities in Systems Biology". I hope you will enjoy them!

December 2017

December 2017

Annual Reuion

July 2015

July 2015

Annual Reunion, Princeton, NJ

September 2015

September 2015

Group Photo

May 2016

May 2016

Group Photo

July 2016

July 2016

Annual Reunion

June 2017

June 2017

Group photo

Current Ph.D. students
Yannuo Li
Short video describing some of Yannuo's work
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Past Ph.D. students
Matthew Putnins, Biogen
Ph.D. 2020
Alison Acevedo, GSK
Ph.D. 2019
Meg Scherholz, BMS
Ph.D. 2019
Rohit Rao, Pfizer
Ph.D. 2018
Seul-A Bae, Merck
Ph.D. 2018
Kamau Pierre, Sanofi
Ph.D. 2017
Kubra Kamisoglu, Biogen
Ph.D. 2015
Pantelis Mavroudis. Sanofi
Ph.D. 2014
Shuliang Zhang,  Norton Eng.
Ph.D. 2014
Jeremy Scheff, Covance
BS 2008, Ph.D. 2013
Qian Yang, U of Alberta
Ph.D. 2012
Mehmet Orman, U of Houston
Ph.D. 2011
Tung Nguyen, Covance
Ph.D. 2011
Panagiota Foteinou, BMS
Ph.D. 2010
Kaiyuan He, ExxonMobil
Ph.D. 2010
Meric Ovacik, Genentech
Ph.D. 2010
Eric Yang, Novartis
Ph.D. 2008
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Current MS students
Jordan Eckhoff
BS/MS 2011
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Current BS students
CBE, BS 2017
Amanda Kang
BME, BS 2022
Minjal Patel
Cell Bio & Neuroscience, BS 2021
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Past BS students
Nilay Vora
BME, BS 2018
Donald Chawla
CBE, BS 2017
Lan Le
CBE, BS 2017
Rohan Sah
Biology, BS 2016
Melanie Parikh
BME BS 2016; Case Western Medical School
Stanley Ko
BME, BS 2014
Alyssa Kosmides
BME BS 2012; PhD JHU 2016
Jocelyn Alexander, EOSHI
BME BS 2008
David Simcha, Google
BME BS 2007, PhD JHU 2012
Amit Misra, AtlantiCare
BME BS 2006, MD 2011
Kelly Horn, Patent Agent
BME BS 2006, MS Rice 2008, JD Georgetown 2017
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Past MS students
Jierui Liang
MS 2015
Jon Pai
MS 2015
Kisten Sleigh
MS 2014
Vassilis Niotis, Accenture
MS 2011
Phong Huynh, Rutgers
MS 2008
James Wu, RealNetworks
MS 2007
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Alison Acevedo, GSK

Ph.D. 2019