The Pursuit and the Reward

Thousands of Rutgers researchers are engaged daily in the deep and thoughtful task of investigation. Armed with creativity, patience, perception, and insight, they uncover new facts, advancing the world's understanding of itself. Below are a few of the many fields in which Rutgers is pursuing this prize of knowledge.

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    The World’s Molecular Library

    The Protein Data Bank is the single worldwide repository for three-dimensional protein structures. Scientists around the globe use the free, online library to study, store, and share molecular information.

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    The Archives of Iconic Americans

    Rutgers historians are the chief archivists for the papers of inventor Thomas Edison and suffragists Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony.
    Photo: National Archives and Records Administration

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    The Next Generation of Wireless Communication

    Rutgers’ WINLAB is home to the world’s largest open-access lab for testing new wireless technology. A WINLAB-led team is working to develop MobilityFirst, a future internet design optimized for mobile networking and communication.

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    Innovation in Childhood Studies

    The nation’s first Ph.D. program in childhood studies is found at Rutgers. The Department for Childhood Studies is unique in the nation for its methodological study of children and childhood in historical, multicultural, and global contexts.

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    Experts on Preschool Education

    Rutgers experts issue the nation’s annual report card on the state of state-funded preschool education.

  • Cell and DNA Repository
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    World’s Largest University-Based Cell and DNA Biorepository

    RUCDR Infinite Biologics, the world’s largest repository of its kind, is a key national center for the study of genetics and mental health, drug abuse, alcoholism, diabetes, and digestive and kidney diseases. The repository completed a $9.5 million renovation in 2013, with major funding from the National Institutes of Health.

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    Studying the Genetic Defects in Cancer Cells

    Led by Hatem Sabaawy, investigators at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey's zebrafish laboratory use models of the fish to map the common genetic defects in cancer, identify new small molecules for targeted treatment, and predict each cancer patient's response to therapy in precision medicine trials.

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    Nutrition and Health at the Forefront

    Rutgers stands out in nutrition research and education, including running the nation's only university-based nutritional sciences preschool.  Housed in a new 79,700-square-foot building, the New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health focuses on issues such as obesity and its associated diseases.

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    Battling Tuberculosis

    The Public Health Research Institute Center is part of one of the largest and most diverse programs in tuberculosis research in the United States. These Rutgers labs focus on a broad range of critical issues ranging from fundamental questions of virulence and immunology to clinical studies of vaccine candidates and new drugs.

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    Transforming Transportation

    Rutgers’ Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation is one of only five U.S. Department of Transportation National University Transportation Centers and leads the Federal Highway Administration’s Long-Term Bridge Performance Program, an initiative to ensure the safety of 590,000 U.S. bridges.
    Photo: ©Drew Noel, all rights reserved

  • Infancy Studies Laboratory
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    Breaking New Ground in Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience

    The researchers of tomorrow are being trained at Rutgers’ Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience. The center’s 11 research teams, including the Infancy Studies Laboratory, are at the forefront of neuroscience research.

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    Find Out How We Find Out

    From sweet strawberries to plastic bridges, schizophrenia diagnosis to paddleboarding, get a peek inside our laboratories and meet our scientists with research videos from Rutgers Today.

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Part of America’s Research Engine

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is entrenched in a culture of research, innovation, and invention that is a hallmark of the American academic experience.

A member of the Association of American Universities

Of the thousands of institutions of higher learning in North America, only 62 are members of the Association of American Universities (AAU). This selective group of leading research universities is recognized for the quality and scope of its research and educational programs. Rutgers is the only public New Jersey university in the AAU (fellow Garden State school Princeton is also a member).

A member of the Big Ten Academic Alliance

Rutgers University is a member of the Big Ten Academic Alliance, a consortium of first-tier research universities, such as the University of Wisconsin–Madison and University of Michigan, that shares knowledge and best practices and pools resources and buying power to strengthen higher education and support research endeavors. Alliance universities conduct $8.4 billion in funded research each year.

A land-grant institution

Rutgers is one of the nation’s 75 land-grant institutions, in the company of other land-grants such as Cornell, MIT, Ohio State, and Penn State. The Morrill Act of 1862 designated these institutions to serve the states and their citizens by disseminating practical knowledge developed at key institutions of higher learning. From an early emphasis on agriculture and the mechanical arts, the land-grant mission of Rutgers, like that of fellow institutions, has expanded to include a broad range of teaching, research, and service activities.

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A Great "New" Year

Our research and economic development initiatives continue to evolve at a strong pace two years after we integrated major health and medical institutions into the Rutgers community. Our researchers achieved an 18% increase in research funding for fiscal year 2015 from a year earlier.

Find out how this continued integration made for a benchmark year for Rutgers and our research efforts

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