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Congratulations to Class of 2021 Graduating Seniors


Class of 2021 Award Recipients:


2021 MCBAD Award Recipient – Molecular & Cellular Biosciences Award of Distinction

Amaal Khan

Amaal Khan is earning her B.S. in Molecular & Cellular Biology to continue her medical education at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University as part of the Rowan 7-year Accelerated Degree Program in Medicine. Academically, Amaal excelled in all her courses demonstrating mastering of the material and technical skills. She joined the laboratory of Dr. Soto during the spring semester of 2020, and contributed to the analysis and generation of microscopy imaging data determining the density and distribution of lysosomes and mitochondria in cerebellar Purkinje neurons in NPC1 deficient mice. Amaal always showed a genuine interest and curiosity about the research project she was working on, making important observations and assisting in the training of other students in the lab.  She is a University Scholar and has been in the Undergraduate Dean’s List through all her term at Rowan. In addition to her academic duties, Amaal has been involved in community service working as a tutor in the public library at Camden, and serving as a volunteer for the Blanket Buddies Service Project, which is a group that delivers set of blankets and buddy stuffed animals to children and their families after confronting tragic and unexpected events (e.g. a natural disaster). Amaal has excellent communication skills and has participated as a student representative of the MCB department at Open Houses and other activities. Amaal’s outstanding academic performance, community service, and research experience at Rowan make her worthy of the Molecular & Cellular Biosciences Award of Distinction.   

2021 DOSA Award Recipient – Dean’s Outstanding Senior Awards

Alyssa Sanders

Alyssa Sanders is graduating with her B.S. in Translational Biomedical Sciences. Alyssa has been a three-season athlete throughout her undergraduate studies (cross-country, indoor and outdoor track and field) and has earned numerous academic student-athlete awards, including being named a Rowan Scholar-Athlete of Distinction each year. Since the spring of her sophomore year, she has also been a dedicated student researcher in the Nucci Lab. In addition to leading a research team and training incoming students while balancing two individual research projects, Alyssa has presented her work at multiple scientific conferences including the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society. She also presented at the meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Pharmacological Society where she won first prize in the poster contest for her excellence in communicating her work. In addition to her distinction in the classroom, on the field, and in the lab, Alyssa is also lead author of two publications on her research. After graduation, she plans to pursue her Ph.D. as a first step toward a career as a teacher-scholar.


Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP)

The Department of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences is actively recruiting Rowan undergraduate students to complete summer research internships with faculty from our department. For more information please visit


Welcome to the Department of Molecular & Cellular Biosciences

About the Department

The Department of Molecular & Cellular Biosciences at Rowan University brings together multidisciplinary faculty with the mission to provide diverse training in computational skills, life sciences, and physical sciences.  The innovative curriculum is designed to prepare students with practical knowledge and skills to tackle biomedical challenges in both the fast-growing health care workforce and in preparation for post-graduate studies. Our three major programs, Bioinformatics, Translational Biomedical Sciences, and Molecular & Cellular Biology, afford hands-on training for students to pursue careers in medical, biomedical and research-related fields.

*For all three majors, the MCB department offers a five-year, combined advanced degree program as well as an MS in Bioinformatics.



Molecular & Cellular Biosciences offers a wide range of interdisciplinary research projects that are both accessible and impactful to student researchers. Students in our program receive hands-on training with skilled faculty members throughout the course of their degree program.  Examples of our innovative research program include:

  • Novel cancer therapeutics
  • Investigation of infectious diseases
  • Development of pharmaceuticals
  • Synthesis, characterization, and application of biomaterials
  • Investigation the 3-D structure of organic and bio-organic compounds
  • Characterizing the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative diseases
  • Molecular identification of Epigenetic mechanisms

*All programs include hands-on, faculty-mentored research projects throughout the degree timeline.


Top-Tier Facilities

MCB is located in Science Hall, along with the other biological and physical sciences. MCB also enjoys close ties with Rowan’s two medical schools, CMSRU and SOM. MCB faculty share research space and instrumentation at both medical schools. These facilities provide students with practical experience using cutting-edge instruments and gaining knowledge of complex methodology. Examples of student skills training include:

  • Computational and statistical mining of large biological datasets
  • Mammalian cell culture techniques and applications
  • Advanced molecular imaging and quantification
  • Qualitative and quantitative analysis of compounds, drugs, and nanomaterials
  • Elucidating structure/function relationships of biomaterials
  • In vitro and in vivo pre-clinical studies