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Great news summer 2021!

We welcome Brandon to the lab!

We are very excited that Brandon will be joining us as a BME PhD student!


Congratulations Dylan passing your first qualifier!

Congratulations Chelsea and Emily on publishing your Masters thesis reviews:

Mechanisms of Metabolic Reprogramming in Cancer Cells Supporting Enhanced Growth and Proliferation.
Schiliro C, Firestein BL. Cells. 2021 Apr 29;10(5):1056. doi: 10.3390/cells10051056.
Deep brain stimulation: Challenges at the tissue-electrode interface and current solutions.
Kolaya E, Firestein BL. Biotechnol Prog. 2021 May 30:e3179. doi: 10.1002/btpr.3179.

Good news in the midst of the pandemic

Congratulations Christen on passing your first qualifiers!

Congratulations Atul for being awarded the Chancellor’s Leadership Award!

Congratulations Atul, Mann, and Isabel for defending their honors theses!

The Firestein Lab has published two new papers!

Rodriguez AR, Anderson ED, O’Neill KM, McEwan PP, Vigilante NF, Kwon M, Akum BF, Stawicki TM, Meaney DF, Firestein BL. Netw Neurosci. 2021 Feb 1;5(1):166-197.
CCP1, a Tubulin Deglutamylase, Increases Survival of Rodent Spinal Cord Neurons following Glutamate-Induced Excitotoxicity.Ramadan YH, Gu A, Ross N, McEwan SA, Barr MM, Firestein BL*, O’Hagan R.* eNeuro. 2021 Apr 1;8(2):ENEURO.0431-20.2021. *co-corresponding authors


Anton has successfully defended his dissertation! Congratulations for an absolutely incredible thesis and defense!

Anton was a Ph.D. student in the Neurosciences Graduate Program. He earned a B.A. in Psychology from City University of New York, Hunter College. As an undergraduate student, he worked in the Serrano Lab, where he studied on effects of enriched environment on molecular facets underlying learning and memory. Anton was awarded a position on the Rutgers NIH Biotechnology Training grant and subsequently was awarded a New Jersey Commission on Brain Injury Research Predoctoral Fellowship and a Spinal Cord Injury Techniques Training Travel Grant to perform his thesis work. He studied the roles of NCX isoforms in recovery after traumatic brain injury.

Congratulations to Nisha Singh, Salman Khaliq, and Mann Patel for their co-first author publication!   Link here:

Congratulations to Christen Crosta and Atul Bhattiprolu for their co-first author publication with former PhD student Kristina Hernandez!   Link here:

Congratulations to Liam Hiester for graduating with his BS (Highest Honors) in Cell Biology and Neuroscience! He will be taking a gap year and working with Dr. Kostic in the Seaver Autism Center prior to applying to MD/PhD programs. We will miss him!


Congratulations to Salman Khaliq for successfully defending his Masters thesis and earning an MS in Biomedical Engineering!


Congratulations to Sunshine Littlecreek for a great presentation and earning an MEng in Biomedical Engineering! Her work was published as a review article:



Congratulations to Liam Hiester for being awarded a CBN Honors Thesis Award and a Henry Rutgers Honors Thesis Award! We will miss him as he moves to The Kostic Lab in the Seaver Autism Center prior to applying to MD/PhD programs.


Congratulations to Atul Bhattiprolu for being awarded a Ralph and Eloise DeFalco Scholarship!

We are excited to welcome Keith Lange, a new graduate student, to our lab!


Congratulations to the Firestein Lab and Srinivasa Gandu for being awarded an Individual Research Grant and Predoctoral Fellowship, respectively, from the New Jersey Commission on Traumatic Brain Injury Research.



Congratulations to the Firestein Lab and Nisha Singh for being awarded an Individual Research Grant and Predoctoral Fellowship, respectively, from the New Jersey Commission on Spinal Cord Research. We are excited to continue our collaboration with Dr. Stella Elkabes at NJMS!



Congratulations to Nisha Singh for advancing to candidacy!




The Firestein Lab presents at BMES 2019 in Philadelphia, PA.  Dr. Firestein was a Neural Engineering track chair.


Dr. Firestein speaks in Maceio, Brazil on models of traumatic brain injury at a short course at the 51st Annual Congress of the Brazilian Society of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.




The Firestein Lab publishes a new paper in Cell Death and Disease!

Congratulations first author Anton and co-authors for their new paper in Cell Death and Disease.

Yasmin Ramadan enters Columbia University graduate school

Yasmin begins her work as a PhD student at Columbia University in September 2019. She has been collaborating with our laboratory for >1 year, and it has been a pleasure working with her.  We will miss her!!!


Anton Omelchenko Awarded a Fellowship Research Grant to Study Exosome-Based Delivery of RNAi Therapeutics to Target Traumatic Brain Injury

Congratulations to Anton Omelchenko from the Firestein Lab for receiving a fellowship grant of $100,500!

Dr. Bonnie Firestein Awarded Grant in Rutgers Global Grant Competition

Professor Bonnie Firestein was awarded a 2-year $8,000 grant as part of the Rutgers Global Grant Competition.

The award titled, “The role of αKlotho forms in neuroprotection and recovery following traumatic brain injury” is a joint project with Professor Cristoforo Scavone at the Universty of Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Atul Bhattiprolu and Isabel Biermann Awarded SURF Awards to Support Their Summer Research

Congratulations to Atul and Isabel for being awarded DLS SURFs (Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships) for Summer 2019!


Bonnie Firestein is featured on NPR

Dr. Bonnie Firestein was featured on an NPR All Things Considered podcast. Read more about the story here: