Rongo Lab

Rongo Receives $1.8 Million Grant

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.

American Heart Association Honors Waksman PI

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.

Waksman Investigator's Research Project Earns NIH Award

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. 

Dr. Christopher Rongo

Principal Investigator

Our research is focused on glutamate receptors, which are ligand-gated channels that mediate much of the excitatory communication between neurons in the brain. The trafficking of these receptors in neurons is thought underly synaptic plasticity, and their inappropriate activation is implicated in several diseases of the nervous system.