Department of Microbiology, Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics

   Mona Batish, Ph.D.


Department of Microbiology, Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics



I have an interdisciplinary research background. I have a master?s degree in microbial biotechnology from Panjab
University in India. In 2006, I enrolled in the doctoral program in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular
Genetics at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, earning a Ph.D. in 2012. With a desire to work on
developing novel technologies I joined the laboratory of Drs. Fred Kramer, Sanjay Tyagi, and Salvatore Marras at Public
Health Research Institute, where molecular beacon probes were invented. I worked with Dr. Tyagi to understand the
mechanism by which mRNAs are transported from the cell nucleus to active synapses in hippocampal neurons. Utilizing
probes that enabled the detection of single molecules of RNA, I also explored cellular sites where alternative splicing of
mRNAs occur. Both these studies utilized a single-molecule florescent in situ hybridization method (smFISH), which can
light up mRNA molecules at single-molecule resolution in fixed cells. After completion of my doctoral research, I began
working as a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Fred Kramer, to visualize gene fusion transcripts, utilizing smFISH. I now plan
to employ the power of this extremely sensitive imaging technique to directly observe molecular processes that lead to


Ph.D., 2011, UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School
B.S., 2003, Panjab University

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