Kwangwon Lee, Ph.D.

Director of the Rutgers–Camden MARC program

Associate Professor, Department of Biology

Dr. Lee studies the genetic and molecular mechanisms and mathematical modeling of 24-hr biological rhythms, also called circadian rhythms. Using eukaryotic model organisms, his lab studies the mechanisms of circadian clocks and their roles in fitness. Dr. Lee is the founder of the MARC program at RUC and is also serving students as the Director of Undergraduate Biology program. You can see his research HERE.

Nathan Fried Ph.D.

Assistant Director & Program Coordinator of the Rutgers–Camden MARC program

Assistant Professor, Department of Biology

Dr. Fried uses cutting-edge neuroscience techniques, such as animal behavior, optogenetics, calcium imaging, and machine learning to study the molecular mechanisms and neuronal circuitry behind the intersection of chronic pain and sleep in drosophila and rodents. He is also a Discipline-Based Education Researcher (DBER) studying ways to help students from low income backgrounds become successful scientists. You can see his research HERE.


Below is a list of faculty MARC scholars can conduct various research experiences with. If there are faculty at Rutgers–Camden or the University of Pennsylvania that the student wishes to conduct biomedical research with, students should let the Rutgers–Camden MARC leadership know so the faculty can be invited to join this list.

Rutgers University–Camden Faculty:

Daniel Shain, Ph.D.

Joseph Martin, Ph.D.

Kwangwon Lee, Ph.D.

Andrey Grigoriev, Ph.D.

Eric Klein, Ph.D.

Jongmin Nam, Ph.D.

Nir Yakoby, Ph.D.

Hao Zhu, Ph.D.

Nathan Fried, Ph.D.

Grace Brannigan, Ph.D.

Jinglin Fu, Ph.D.

David Salas de la Cruz, PhD

Julianne Griepenburg


University of Pennsylvania Faculty:

Kelly L. Jordan-Sciutto, Ph.D.,

Benjamin A. Garcia, Ph.D.,

Lawrence F. Brass, M.D., Ph.D.,

Warren S. Pear, M.D., Ph.D.,

Joshua Gold, Ph.D.,

Kathleen E. Sullivan, M.D., Ph.D.,

Peter Klein, M.D., Ph.D.,

Ronen Marmorstein, Ph.D.,

Rahul M. Kohli, M.D., Ph.D.,

Susan R. Weiss, Ph.D.,

Janis K. Burkhardt, Ph.D.,

Donita Brady, Ph.D.,

Dustin Brisson, Ph.D.,

Ishmail Abdus-Saboor, Ph.D.


Rowan University – School of Osteopathic Medicine

Archana Kumari, Ph.D.

Venkat Ventkataraman, Ph.D.,

Barry Waterhouse, Ph.D.

Elizabeth West, Ph.D.


University of Michigan

Peter Freddolino, Ph.D. at the University of Michigan