Materials Chemistry

Organic Chemistry

Chemical Biology

Our lab is working to advance biotechnology and medicine by combining organic chemistry, chemical biology, and materials chemistry. We focus on A) developing effective diagnostics and treatments for infectious organisms or metabolic diseases, and B) exploring lipid biochemistry to find new and biochemically advanced functions of cell membranes and other bioactive interfaces.

Lab members learn a wide array of techniques and conduct both basic & applied research in a collaborative environment.


A highly configurable RNA-based imaging technology that Tushar is developing leads to a provisional patent. Congrats Tushar, and thanks to the Rutgers ORED and NIH for supporting this technology.

E.C. Izgu receives the National Institute of Health (NIH), National Institutes of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) Trailblazer Award. The NIH / NIBIB Trailblazer Award is a great opportunity for early-stage investigators to pursue high-impact research programs of high interest to the NIH and NIBIB at the interface of the life and physical sciences. We are thrilled to have this recognition from the NIH for our ongoing efforts in building bioorthogonal platforms to investigate aberrant metabolic pathways and how pathogenesis originates in the cell. For details and highlights, check out the Departmental News and Rutgers Newsletter, The Current.

Izgu Lab and Biological Mimetics, Inc. (BMI) join forces to combat viral pathogens that are extremely potent and easily transmissible. BMI is a leading biopharma company that specializes on vaccine development against some of the most severe viruses that affect humans.  

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The lab receives Research Grants Program Award from the New Jersey Health Foundation, which will support our studies on the prevention and eradication of biofilms.

The Materials Research Team including the Izgu Lab receives funding from the Chancellor's Office of Rutgers to engineer co-stimulatory protocells as therapeutic agents against cancer.


The next-generation material surface functionalization technology that Zhaojun (John) Jia is developing leads to a provisional patent. Congrats John, and thanks to the Rutgers ORED for supporting our technology.

A team of Rutgers faculty including E.C. Izgu receives funding from the Chancellor's Office of Rutgers for the in vitro design and in vivo implementation of synthetic cells.

The lab receives the Charles and Johanna Busch Biomedical Grant Award. Thanks to the Rutgers, Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED) for supporting our research.

E.C. Izgu receives the 2019 American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant Early Investigator Award. This award is also complemented with additional funding from the Cancer Institute of New Jersey. Thanks to ACS and CINJ for supporting our lab.

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