Prana Rameshwar, Ph.D.

Dr. Rameshwar is a professor of medicine in the Division of Hematology and Oncology at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) – New Jersey Medical School (NJMS). She received a B.S. degree in medical microbiology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and a Ph.D. degree in biology from Rutgers University, New Jersey. She completed her postdoctoral studies in hematopoiesis at UMDNJ-NJMS. In 1995, she was appointed assistant professor at UMDNJ-NJMS where she has moved up the ranks to full professor.

Dr. Rameshwar’s research interest is in stem cell biology including breast cancer stem cells and dormancy. The research conducted in her laboratory includes the neural regulation of hematopoiesis, the immunology of adult human mesenchymal stem cells, and the use of mesenchymal stem cells in regenerative medicine. Her research continues to be funded by federal, state, and other agencies. She has trained several doctoral students, including those in the dual M.D./Ph.D. degree program.

Dr. Rameshwar has authored over 175 publications, reviews, and book chapters. She has edited books and won numerous awards such as the UMDNJ Master Educator’s Award for teaching and the Faculty of the Year Award in 2006. She is the editor-in-chief of the journal Breast Cancer: Targets and Therapy, which is an international, peer-reviewed journal with a focus on breast cancer research to achieve improved outcomes, enhanced survival, and better quality of life for the cancer patient.

Dr. Rameshwar also serves as an editor and is on the editorial boards of numerous journals and has served in several grant review panels both nationally and internationally. She has also given numerous invited seminars both nationally and internationally.

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