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CHI held its 5th Annual Scientific Retreat on September 19, 2023.  The event was a fantastic success and attended by over 70 CHINJ scientists, trainees and staff. The program included 8 presentations by CHI's research trainees; a talk by Dr. Kristine Schmitz, a young faculty member from our joint program in population science and prevention with Dr. Keinman, and Keynote Speaker Dr. Richard O'Reilly from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center who presented a talk on "Transplantation and the Emergence of T-Cell Therapies."


Andrew Boreland, a graduate student in the laboratory of Dr. Zhiping Pang, has been awarded the Aaron Shatkin Award for Outstanding Graduate Student.  The Shatkin Awards are given annually to Ph.D. students in the biomedical sciences for excellent academic and research achievement. The scholarship is named after Aaron Shatkin, who was the founding director of the Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine. 

Congratulations to Andrew!

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Dr. Mark Rossi was awarded a NIH R01 grant titled, "Lateral hypothalamic circuit dysfunction underlying the development of diet-induced obesity" and a 2023 Busch Biomedical Grant titled, "A pontine-hypothalamic pathway for acquiring aversive behavioral states."  Dr. Lisa Denzin was awarded a 2023 Busch Biomedical Grant titled,  "An unexpected role for bone morphogenic protein 2 (BMPR2) in the MHC class II antigen processing and presentation pathway."

Congratulations to Drs. Rossi and Denzin!

Hudson Shea Event

CHINJ was thrilled to participate in, and support the annual Hudson Shea Foundation Angel Walk held on Saturday, September 9, 2023. The Hudson Shea Foundation supports families affected by late pregnancy or early infancy loss, and provides funding for research at CHINJ and the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, through the Hudson Shea-Stella Faith Research Fund, to prevent these tragic events. CHI is extremely grateful to Canaan, Adam Yoskowitz, Trudie Heerema, and all of the great supporters of the Hudson Shea Foundation, for this wonderful partnership and the tremendous work of the Foundation.

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The Rutgers Board of Governors announced the promotion of Dr. Zhiping Pang to Full Professor at its June, 2023 meeting. Dr. Pang is a founding member of the CHINJ, having joined us from Stanford in the Fall of 2011. He is recognized worldwide for his cutting-edge research on altered neuronal synapse function in a range of neuropsychiatric diseases including neuropsychiatric disorders, autism and neurodevelopmental disorders, satiety and feeding and addictions. His research leadership was also recently recognized by NIH with the award of an RM1 grant together with Dr. Jennifer Mulle (Rutgers-CABM) and Dr. Jubao Duan (Northshore University Health) to use stem cell technologies to study genes that cause neuropsychiatric disorders.   

Congratulations to Dr. Pang on this well-deserved promotion!!!

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Congratulations to Arnold B. Rabson, MD, Laura Gallagher Chair of Developmental Biology and director of the Child Health Institute of New Jersey, who received the 2023 Sidwell Friends Distinguished Alumni Award.  The award is presented to nominated alumni of reunion classes who have shown distinguished service to their community or within their profession. 

Watch this video produced by Sidwell Friends in honor of Dr. Rabson.


Upcoming Events

Seminars, Lectures, and Special Event Series

  • This series was established in 2003 from the generosity of Dr. Kenneth S. and Audrey S. Gould. The annual Spring event hosts distinguished scientists at the forefront of research on the molecular and cellular basis of disease. Scientists, colleagues and students across Rutgers and nearby universities and scientific communities are welcome. For more information, contact Kathleen Semler at 732-235-9523 or

    Past Gould Lectures

    • 2023 - Shelly L. Berger, PhD, University of Pennsylvania
    • 2022 - Sally Radovick, PhD, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
    • 2019 - Brendan Lee, MD, PhD, Baylor College of Medicine
    • 2018 - Elaine Fuchs, PhD,The Rockefeller University
    • 2017 - Andrew P. Feinberg, MD, MPH, Johns Hopkins University
    • 2016 -Thomas C. Südhof, MD, Columbia University
    • 2015 - Ian Lipkin, MD, Columbia University
    • 2014 - Cori Bargmann, PhD, The Rockefeller University
    • 2013 - Carl Nathan, MD, Weill Cornell Medical College
    • 2012 - James R. Downing, MD, St. June Children’s Research Hospital
    • 2009 - Leonard P. Guarente, PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    • 2008 - Stuart H. Orkin, MD, Harvard Medical School
    • 2007 - Rudolf Jaenisch, MD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    • 2005 - Francesco Ramirez, PhD, Child Health Institute of New Jersey
    • 2004 - Joseph T. Coyle, MD, Harvard Medical School
    • 2003 - Eric R. Kandel, MD,Columbia University
  • The Child Health Institute Science Seminar Series welcomes scientists and students from CHINJ, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, and Rutgers University. This series provides a forum to share scientific progress and discuss its impact on child health. Seminars take place once or twice per month on Mondays from 1-2 pm.  For more information, contact Stephanie Peeters at 732-235-3397 or

  • The biweekly Research in Progress Seminar Series is part of the ongoing training and research dissemination. The aim is to foster interdisciplinary communication and collaboration to increase awareness of research at Child Health Institute labs. Meetings are twice a month on Tuesdays from 12-1 pm and are open to CHINJ faculty, students and staff. For more information, contact Stephanie Peeters at 732-235-3397 or