Waksman in the News

  • May 15, 2018
    Construction to the Waksman complex is underway. The Institute has broken ground on a new three-story addition designed by Coscia Moos Architecture. The new 1100 sq. ft addition will extend the existing New Wing facing Hoes Lane West.
  • April 26, 2018
    Kelvin Liao of the Padgett Lab has been selected for the Henry Rutgers Scholar Award, which recognizes graduating seniors who have completed outstanding independent research projects leading to a thesis in their major field of study or an interdisciplinary thesis.
  • April 27, 2017
    “Once I entered Rutgers in 2013, I felt like I need to be involved in research because it was calling me,” he said. Chris Wakim’s odyssey took him from Alexandria, Egypt, to Bergen Community College to Rutgers University-New Brunswick, where he will graduate next month with a double major in microbiology and the biotechnology concentration in bioinformatics.
  • November 29, 2016
    Rutgers Today Media Contact: Todd B. BatesTen Rutgers professors have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), an honor conferred on 381 other experts in the U.S. and abroad.The fellows were chosen by their AAAS peers for efforts to advance science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished, according to the AAAS.
  • October 25, 2016
    By Deborah Walsh, Suburban TrendsAlthough some students might relish a respite from the most challenging of school work over the summer months, a couple of Kinnelon High School (KHS) students seized an opportunity to conduct high level scientific research at the Waksman Student Scholars Program (WSSP) Summer Institute at Rutgers University. Madelaine Travaille, the school district's science supervisor, said a science research club was started at KHS in the 2015-16 school year.
  • October 20, 2016
    Andrea Gallavotti, Assistant Professor in the Department of Plant Biology at the Waksman Institute, is a Co-PI of a recently awarded five-year collaborative grant. The project, sponsored by the National Science Foundation and titled “Genomic and Synthetic Approaches Linking Auxin Signaling Modules to Functional Domains in Maize”, seeks to understand how auxin signaling regulates the formation of specific functional domains in maize inflorescences (http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1546873).
  • June 15, 2016
      Karl Maramorosch, 101, professor emeritus, Department of Entomology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, passed away of natural causes on May 9, 2016, during a visit to Poland.
  • June 6, 2016
    Discovered in bacteria as viral defense mechanism, researchers program C2c2 to manipulate cellular RNA using CRISPR
  • May 5, 2016
    Dr. Ruth Steward is a Principal Investigator at the Waksman Institute of Microbiology and a member of the Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Department at Rutgers University, New Jersey. Her research focuses on the role of the new Zfrp8 gene, identified in her lab, in hematopoiesis and oogenesis.
  • April 25, 2016
    April 25, 2016 by Office of CommunicationsPal Maliga, distinguished professor in the Waksman Institute of Microbiology and professor of plant biology in the Department of Plant Biology and Pathology, has won the Lawrence Bogorad Awar
  • April 20, 2016
    From Rutgers Today Pioneering Rutgers professors Richard H. Ebright and Joachim Messing were elected to the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences today. The American Academy of Arts and Sciences is one of the country’s oldest learned societies and independent policy research centers. It convenes academic, business and government leaders to respond to challenges facing  the nation and world.
  • April 18, 2016
    By Robin WarshawThroughout the first half of the 20th century, tuberculosis was one of the nation's most feared killers.At one point, the highly infectious disease known as TB killed more than 400 Americans a day. But by the early 1950s, TB deaths had dropped sharply – due in large part to research begun years before by a Rutgers University soil microbiologist named Selman Waksman.
  • April 8, 2016
    The new endowed chair is made possible by gifts totaling $1.6 million from the Michael Seul and Daniel Vapnek Endowed Faculty Research Fund, alumni Blaine Benedict and the late Alvin Benedict, and Messing, who was named the Selman Waksman Endowed Chair in Molecular Genetics in 2009. Seul and Vapnek are co-founders of BioArray Solutions based in Warren, N.J., scientists and longtime colleagues and friends of Messing.
  • March 30, 2016
    Gerard Dismukes, distinguished professor, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, and laboratory director of the Waksman Institute of Microbiology, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of a three-year award totaling $1.2 million.
  • February 26, 2016
    By Dan CoreyMore than 40 years after cracking the genetic code, Rutgers microbiologist Joachim Messing does not regret his decision to help save lives and not cash in. Messing, director of the Rutgers Waksman Institute of Microbiology, has entered his 31st year at the University after setting the foundation for creating synthetic human proteins, such as insulin, along with reducing world hunger with genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
  • February 11, 2016
    By Jewish Link of NJ StaffJuniors in Dr. Furman’s research elective took a trip to Rutgers to hear from Dr. Andrew Vershon, a principal investigator at Waksman Institute, a professor in the Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry and Director of the Waksman Student Scholars Program at Rutgers University.
  • February 10, 2016
    Konstantin Severinov, professor of molecular biology and biochemistry, Waksman Institute of Microbioilogy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $100,000. The project, titled A Search for Single-Protein CRISPR Effector Enzymes of Unknown Functions, is being supported by the Broad Institute. Learn more about Severinov here.
  • February 8, 2016
    Prof. Dismukes is the Principal Investigator of an award from The Global Climate and Energy Project, totaling $1,220,127. The three-year Project titled:  Robust Microalgal Production Strains for High Yield Growth on Fossil Flue Gas: Toward Cost Effective Biofuels and CO2 Mitigation.
  • February 8, 2016
    By Robin LallyEnding hunger, conserving the environment and advancing medicine were more important goals to Rutgers Professor Joachim Messing than earning lots of cash.
  • December 7, 2015
    Shared Genetics in Humans and Roundworms Shed Light on Infertility, Rutgers Study FindsDiscovery could lead to more effective treatments and better contraceptivesSource: Robin Lally - Rutgers Today Posted: Thursday, December 3, 2015
  • November 11, 2015
    GSA's Spotlight on Undergraduate Research featured Sarah Radford, a Postdoctoral Associate in the McKim Lab. See the full blog at http://genestogenomes.org/the-impact-of-sarah-radfords-undergraduate-research/The impact of Sarah Radford's undergraduate research   How did you become involved in research?              
  • September 14, 2015
    Andrea Gallavotti, Assistant Professor in the Department of Plant Biology at the Waksman Institute, was awarded a five year grant by the National Science Foundation totaling $976,300.
  • September 9, 2015
    Bryce Nickels, Associate Professor in the Department of Genetics, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,224,500 over four years. The project, titled Systematic Analysis of Protein-Nucleic Acid Interactions during Transcription, is supported by the National Institutes of Health.
  • September 8, 2015
    Professor Emerita, Evelyn Witkin has won the 2015 Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research (http://laskerfoundation.org/) in recognition of her groundbreaking work on the responses to DNA damage. She is the third Institute member to win this highest honor in the medical sciences in the US after Selman Waksman in 1948 and Michael Heidelberger in 1953. Earlier this year she was already recognized with the 2015 Wiley Prize in the Medical Sciences.
  • June 15, 2015
    One of the initiatives of the New Brunswick Strategic Plan is the creation of a Chancellor's Excellence Fund. An initiative emanating from this fund is the designation of a select group of faculty members at the associate professor level as “Chancellor’s Scholars.” These individuals are nominated by their deans, and will carry the designation of “Chancellor Scholar” for up to five years. They will also receive an addition to their research account.Individuals who have been selected as the initial group of Chancellor’s Scholars:
  • June 10, 2015
    Dr. Richard Ebright has been featured in several media outlets as a molecular biologist and biosecurity expert:
  • June 8, 2015
    The Waksman Institute would like to congratulate four of our students for being chosen as recipients of the 2015 Henry Rutgers Scholar Award.
  • June 1, 2015
    By TAP INTO SUMMIT STAFFMay 27, 2015 at 10:17 AMSUMMIT, NJ - Summit High School (SHS) biology teacher, Caitlyn Botti, working with the Hilltop City's School District's Science Research Liaison, Dr. Patricia Fontan, has successfully applied for and gained acceptance into two, year-long science research focused programs sponsored through Rutgers University.
  • May 27, 2015
    Russia turns screw on foundation
  • May 11, 2015
    Bayonne's 'Teacher of the Year' puts science and her students first
  • April 28, 2015
    Jo Messing is one of the top reseachers in the field of molecular biology. Photo Credit: Nick Romanenko        
  • March 19, 2015
    New research published by Rutgers University chemists has documented significant progress confronting one of the main challenges inhibiting widespread utilization of sustainable power: Creating a cost-effective process to store energy so it can be used later.
  • February 26, 2015
    Summit Old Guard welcomes Dr. Joachim Messing on March 10 in New Providence Independent Press By Independent Press on February 25, 2015 at 1:37 PM Dr. Joachim Messing, director of the Waksman Institute of Microbiology, Rutgers University, will speak to the Old Guard of Summit at its Tuesday, March 10, meeting in New Providence.
  • February 25, 2015
    Congratulations to Dr. Evelyn M. Witkin, professor emerita, the Waksman Institute of Microbiology, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, who has been named one of the recipients of the Wiley Prize in Biomedical Sciences for her research in DNA repair. Witkin was largely responsible for creating the field of DNA mutagenesis and DNA repair, which has played an important role in the biochemical sciences and in clinical radiation therapy for cancer.
  • February 12, 2015
    A Rutgers team of scientists has produced a new material that could aid in the sustainable production of hydrogen fuel from splitting water. This material, Nanocrystalline Ni5P4, is a more affordable and abundant alternative to platinum, which is currently used as a catalyst to produce hydrogen from water through electrolysis. Consequently, this strong-performing catalyst could replace platinum and further the commercial potential of producing clean hydrogen. This research, led by Dr.
  • February 3, 2015
    The proposal titled "Non-Platinum Group Metal OER/ORR Catalysts for Alkaline Membrane Fuel Cells and Electrolyzers" has been recommended by the SBIR and STTR Programs Office within the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science for funding. This joint project with the Dismukes lab and Proton Energy Systems will run from  02/17/2015 to 11/16/2015.  The amount of funding recommended for the project period is $150,000.
  • January 21, 2015
    The following is a tribute to Karl Maramorosch, Robert L.
  • October 29, 2014
    Charles Dismukes has a newly funded 3 year project with Rutgers' the Waksman Institute and Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences (IMCS) in collaboration with Zhejiang University in China. The project titled “Robust Microalgal Production Strains for High Yield Growth on Fossil Flue Gas: Toward Cost Effective Biofuels and CO2 Mitigation” aims to advance renewable energy technology to addresses the urgent cost-effective needs of developing countries who currently utilize biomass as principal energy resource. It
  • October 1, 2014
    Waksman Investigator G. Charles Dismukes has funded a new project operated under a public-private partnership (PPP) with the Innovation division of the BASF Corporation. The project titled, "EPR Characterization of Cu-CHA" aims to implement Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) into the characterization of the current commercial Cu-CHA.
  • October 1, 2014
    The National Science Foundation awarded a 3 year grants to a new Energy project under the direction of Waksman Principal Investor, G. Charles Dismukes. The project aims is to increase stability and efficiency while reducing cost of new solar fuels cell devices that convert and store the energy in sunlight as fuels (hydrogen and hydrocarbons) from renewable feedstocks (water and carbon dioxide).
  • September 8, 2014
    Juan Dong, Assistant Professor in the Department of Plant Biology at the Waksman Institute of Microbiology, Rutgers University-New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award supported by the National Institutes of Health.
  • July 24, 2014
    The initial academic symposia to be offered as part of the First 100 Days Initiatives of the Rutgers University Strategic Plan were selected after recommendations were received from a committee of faculty from New Brunswick, Newark, and Camden.
  • June 16, 2014
    Our research spans diverse areas of science with strengths in developmental biology, cell biology, neurobiology, microbiology, protein biochemistry, structural biology, molecular machines, signal transduction, and plant genomics/bioinformatics. Researchers include faculty members, visiting scholars, post-doctoral fellows, graduate and undergraduate students, and collaborators across the University, at affiliated institutions, and at other research entities. Funding has been provided from various sources including NSF, NIH, USDA, DOE. 
  • June 12, 2014
  • May 29, 2014
    The Star Ledger reporters and Inside Jersey writers put together a list of the top 106 most influential people in New Jersey. Dr. Messing was acknowledged in the Food category for his work in improving the nutritional value of corn. From NJ.com
  • May 22, 2014
    Pal Maliga, Distinguished Professor at the Waksman Institute of Microbiology, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the Co-Principal Investigator of an award totaling $500,000 ($244,647 to RU) with Principal Investigator, Alice Barkan, University of Oregon.
  • April 28, 2014
    The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has selected infectious disease expert David Perlin, executive director of the Public Health Research Institute at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, to lead a major research effort aimed at developing new forms of antibiotics to regain the upper hand over deadly bacteria that have become resistant to current treatments.   
  • April 24, 2014
    Hugo Dooner, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Plant Biology at the Waksman Institute of Microbiology, Rutgers University-New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,999,424.
  • April 2, 2014
    Christopher Rongo, professor I in the Department of Genetics at the Waksman Institute of Microbiology, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,835,764. The project titled Synapse Formation in the C.
  • March 12, 2014
    The American Society of Microbiology has selected Dr. Joachim Messing of Rutgers University and the Waksman Institute of Microbiology as recipient of the 2014 Promega Biotechnology Research Award for his significant contributions to the start of the genomics revolution.
  • February 19, 2014
  • January 14, 2014
    The National Institutes of Health has awarded $1,271,000 to Dr. Kim McKim, Principal Investigator at the Waksman Institute, in support of his latest research project "Homolog orientation and segregation in acentrosomal meiosis."Abstract:
  • January 10, 2014
    Waksman Institute employs faculty teams that concentrate on certain classes of organisms amenable to genetic analysis such as bacteria and fungi (E. coli and yeast), animal systems (e.g., Drosophila), and plants (Arabidopsis, tobacco, and maize). Although the Institute focuses on basic questions in microbial, animal, and plant research, it continues to engage in extensive technology transfer of its basic discoveries. For more about specific areas, check out our Research Laboratories, here.
  • January 10, 2014
    To learn more about Spriodela Genomics, click here. 
  • August 20, 2013
    Read the full story by Sue Epstein/The Star-Ledger on NJ.com 
  • June 12, 2013
    Richard Ebright, Board of Governors professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at the School of Arts and Sciences and laboratory director at the
  • April 30, 2013
    On Thursday April 25, Waksman participated in the National Take our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.Several labs arranged a special schedule to host ten children with fun activities for the day. In Dr. Charles Dismukes' lab, the children learned to make liquid nitrogen ice cream and from the looks on their faces, they had a great time. 
  • March 13, 2013
    Dr. Richard H. Ebright was quoted in the New York Times article:
  • February 21, 2013
    The National Institute of General Medical Sciences - as part of the National Institutes of Health has awarded $1,200,000 to Dr. Konstantin Severinov, Principal Investigator at the Waksman Institute in support of his latest research project to increase understanding of bacterial immunity and help to design new compounds that inhibit small RNA-based adaptive bacterial immunity, a validated target of antibiotics.
  • January 31, 2013
    Abstract: We expect that our findings will provide unique insight into how trafficking mechanisms influence signaling pathways, and will improve our ability to treat diverse diseases that arise from misregulation of receptor signaling strength, such as in cancers, and other diseases associated with misregulated retrograde recycling including Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases.
  • January 30, 2013
    Richard Ebright, Professor II in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at the School of Arts and Sciences and laboratory director at the
  • January 3, 2013
    Dr. Messing was selected for the Wolf Prize in Agriculture for his research efforts and innovations in recombinant DNA cloning and for deciphering the genetic codes of crop plants. Because there is no Nobel Prize in this category, the Wolf Prize in Agriculture is also regarded on par with the Nobel Prize.
  • November 16, 2012
    In December, the Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology of Rutgers’ School of Environmental and Biological Sciences hosted a symposium: Antibiotics - Soil's Microbial Miracle in celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the Selman Waksman Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Dr. Selman Waksman led the research effort in the discovery of Antibiotics and was awared the Nobel Prize in 1952.
  • October 19, 2012
    Genetic Engineers at Rutgers Society is a student organization founded to develop the University’s status as a synthetic biology research institute.
  • August 8, 2012
    Spirodela polyrhiza, or duckweed is currently the focus of the SpirodelaBase research project. It being featured as a prospective renewable energy and water filtration resource in the current report of Etopia News.
  • June 8, 2012
    With great sadness, Waksman Institute remembers Dr. Aaron Shatkin, founding director of the Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine, who passed away on June 4, 2012. Dr. Joachim Messing, Director of Waksman Institute, was fortunate to persuade Aaron to come to Rutgers and UMDNJ in 1986. Waksman was his original scientific home during the planning and construction of the CABM.
  • May 21, 2012
    Before moving to the Waksman Institute, Andrea Gallavotti was an Assistant Project Scientist at the University of California-San Diego, working in the laboratory of Professor Robert Schmidt at the Section of Cell and Developmental Biology. As a post-doctoral researcher, Andrea worked on several genes regulating maize inflorescence development in the lab of Robert Schmidt at the University of California-San Diego, as well as in the lab of David Jackson at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Andrea received his Ph.D.
  • May 10, 2012
    Christopher Rongo, Associate Professor of Genetics at Waksman Institute, was honored by the American Heart Association on May 5, 2012 as a 2012 Researcher of the Year. The 15th Annual American Heart Association "Affair of the Heart Ball" was held at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, to celebrate 15 years of “Funding Research, Finding Answers, Saving Lives.”  The celebration of this mission honors donors, volunteers and those whose lives have been saved, raising money to fund research and programs.
  • April 12, 2012
    Dr. Chris Rongo of the Waksman Institute has been awared $1.1 Million for his research project, "Genetic Analysis of Neuronal Hypoxic Stress Resistance" which focuses on how neurons in the brain respond to conditions of low oxygen. 
  • February 10, 2012
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  • December 8, 2011
    Cutting-edge research led by G. Charles Dismukes, Professor II at Waksman Institute, and students in his lab, is featured in a special section of the November 18, 2011, issue of Science. The article features a 3-page spread on artificial photosynthesis and its role in synthesizing fuels. Highlighted in the article, among other related works, are Rutgers’ bioinspired catalysts for water oxidation, a renewable source of hydrogen for fuel production.  See the Special Section of Science Here:
  • November 16, 2011
    Dr. Maureen Barr's  latest award is in support of her lab's human disease research project titled, "Polycystins and Cilia in C. elegans".  In a report earlier this year, she wrote about their initial findings and discoveries. Barr said, "[w]e were the first to discover that the polycystins localized to Cilia, provide an important link between the cilium and human disease. Cilia are cellular organelles that are essential for human development, organ function, fertility, and sensation of touch, sight, smell, taste, and hearing."
  • November 14, 2011
    Sequencing technologies: Life Technologies 5500xl SOLiD™ , Ion Proton and
  • October 6, 2011
    Richard McCormick, University President, congratulated Messing for his numerous accomplishments in research, as well as his leadership at Rutgers. To mark the occasion, McCormick unveiled the official portrait of the Director, which will join those of Waksman’s great leaders: Selman Waksman, Oliver Lampen and David Pramer. Aaron Shatkin, Director of the Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine, Robert Goodman, Executive Dean of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and Jay A.
  • September 23, 2011
    On September 1, 2011, Dr. Juan Dong began her joint appointment as a Principal Investigator at Waksman Institute and as an Assistant Professor for the Department of Plant Biology and Pathology at SEBS. Before joining Rutgers, Juan was a post-doctoral researcher in Dominique Bergmann’s laboratory in the Department of Biology at Stanford University. Juan received her Ph.D. in Plant Biology with Dr. Elizabeth Lord at the University of California at Riverside.
  • September 15, 2011
    The New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame, led by a Board of Trustees and committees, promotes the role of invention in the state’s development and the role of inventors in improving society and changing lives.
  • July 27, 2011
    Bryce E. Nickels, assistant professor at the Waksman Institute of Microbiology, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,574,377. The project titled In Vivo Studies of Abortive Initiation is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Professor Nickels here.
  • July 11, 2011
    Forty years ago, Dr. Carl Schaffner of the Waksman Institute hypothesized that the antifungal candicidin, discovered by colleague Selman Waksman, could prevent the absorption of cholesterol in the gut. This, in turn, might reduce the size of enlarged prostates. Indeed, his early clinical studies showed exactly that--lowered cholesterol levels and reduced prostate size in male dogs.
  • July 11, 2011
    Joachim Messing, University Professor and Director of the Waksman Institute of Microbiology at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, has been elected to the prestigious German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, one of the oldest scientific associations in the world. Membership in the academy is among the highest honors accorded for scientific accomplishment.
  • July 5, 2011
    Waksman Director and University Professor of Molecular Biology, Joachim Messing, was officially appointed to the newly endowed Selman A. Waksman Chair in Molecular Genetics.
  • June 30, 2011
    In a paper published in the journal Nature this week, Rutgers researchers Joachim Messing, Rémy Bruggmann, and a team of international collaborators have described the genome of sorghum, a drought-tolerant African grass. The findings could one day help researchers to produce better food crops for arid regions with rapidly expanding human populations, such as West Africa. Messing, director of the Waksman Institute of Microbiology at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, has been deeply involved in both the rice genome and maize (corn) genome sequencing projects.