Research at Waksman

The Faculty at Waksman hold joint appointments in several academic departments at Rutgers University, and focus on many research areas including:


Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
Current areas of study include understanding the role of chromatin in transcriptional regulation, RNA processing, DNA replication and transposition, protein folding and molecular recognition, circadian rhythm, signal transduction, cell cycle control, cell death and development.


Chemistry and Chemical Biology 
This department is home to a broad array of world class research programs in biophysical, inorganic, materials, organic and physical chemistry that impact life in areas as diverse as health, energy, and environment.


The department encourages and fosters research, dissemination of knowledge and public service aimed at understanding and contributing to advances in the genetics of humans and model organisms.

Molecular Genetics

Dr. Joachim Messing** 


Plant Biology and Pathology
The department promotes the multidisciplinary study of challenges facing society in areas that cover the biological spectrum from organisms to ecosystems, with an equal emphasis on the social and human dimensions of these challenges.


*Waksman Institute faculty members that are also Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigators. Click here for more information aboutHHMI.

†Holds seat on the Rutgers University Board of Governors as Professor in Chemistry and Chemical Biology. The professorship was established in 1989 to recognize exceptional scholarship and accomplishment by a faculty member at the full professorial rank.

**Holds seat on the Rutgers University Board of Governors as Chair in Molecular Genetics.