Prospective Students

Zoran Z. Gajic

Gajic crpdMajor: Molecular Biology and Biochemistry; Minor: Computer Science


How did you decide on your major?

I originally heard about it through the Waksman Student Scholars Program, run by Dr. Vershon. When I joined Rutgers, I was excited to learn more about the major and eventually declared later in my freshman year.

What is it about your chosen field (and the MBB department) that appeals to you?

I think the beauty of MBB is the variety. We have professors who are experts in epigenetics, RNA biology, transcription, sequencing, aging, sequencing, computational biology and so much more. In a world where science is become ever more interdisciplinary, this kind of multifaceted education is what will really give you and edge in what you do. Likewise, the heavy emphasis on research prepares students for the highest level of science. I will be entering the MD-PhD program at NYU in the coming year, and I can honestly say that the research preparation afforded by the MBB department was by far the largest contributor.

Do you have a favorite class/professor within your major?

My favorite professor is my mentor, Sam Gu. The amount of time and effort he spent to help me grow as a scientist is unmatched. He pushed me to start my own research project and for the past three and a half years we have been working together to unravel the mysteries of Lamarckian inheritance, and I can honestly say I’ve never had more fun in my whole life!

What are your favorite academic experiences outside of your major?

In the summer of my sophomore year I joined the New York Genome Center as an intern and have been spending time doing research both at Rutgers and in Manhattan ever since.

What are your other Rutgers activities?

  • Assisted in Development of course material for the class Data101
  • Peer Mentor
  • Tutor
  • Researcher

What are your plans following graduation?

I will be starting my MD-PhD education at the NYU school of medicine.