Pablo G. Debenedetti, PhD
Dean for Research
Class of 1950 Professor in Engineering and Applied Science
Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering
As Dean for Research at Princeton University, Dr. Debenedetti promotes innovation and collaboration across Princeton’s campus and beyond, ensuring that all research meets the highest ethical standards, and encouraging an entrepreneurial spirit that aims to provide innovative solutions to real-world problems.
While Princeton lacks a medical school, Princeton’s faculty conducts research that is directly relevant to important advances in medical diagnosis and treatment. Enhancing their the likelihood of moving discoveries from laboratories through translation, into clinical studies and then to the bedside. This identifies a key reason for our excitement regarding NJ ACTS. Over the past fifteen years, Princeton has participated with Rutgers in a joint MD/PhD program, and our relationship remains strong and at the core of the collaboration. Many faculty in diverse schools, departments and institutes, and in particular the Department of Molecular Biology, the Princeton Neuroscience Institute, and the Woodrow Wilson School, already collaborate with faculty at Rutgers and the Cancer Institute of New Jersey. Princeton’s participation in NJ ACTS will greatly enhance the ability of its faculty to participate in translational research, and thereby leverage their talents and expertise in the service of this important mission. Furthermore, this new dimension of collaboration will strengthen both institutions’ joint educational activities, by expanding the existing Rutgers-Princeton MD/PhD program, and greatly enriching the research and training opportunities for its participants.