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Kathleen W. Scotto, Ph.D.,

Vice President of Research and Dean, Graduate School of Biomedical Science

University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey


Kathleen W. Scotto, Ph.D. is the Vice President of Research and Dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.  She previously held the role of Senior Associate Dean of Research at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, where she is a Professor of Pharmacology and a member of the RWJMS-Cancer Institute of New Jersey.  She received her Ph.D. from the Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences in 1984, and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Rockefeller University until 1988.  Prior to joining UMDNJ-RWJMS in the fall of 2004, Dr. Scotto was an Associate Professor of Molecular Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York (1989-2001) and a Professor of Pharmacology at the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia (2001-2004). 

In addition to her administrative roles, Dr. Scotto maintains an active NIH-funded laboratory at CINJ.  She is internationally recognized for her work on the regulation of drug resistance genes that impact sensitivity of cancer cells to therapeutic agents.  She is the author of numerous articles, reviews and patents in this area.  The Scotto lab also studies the regulation of alternative splicing, particularly as it relates to the cancer phenotype.  Dr. Scotto serves on multiple committees within the cancer field, and is on the editorial board of two cancer journals.  Combining her dedication to the nurturing and training of young scientists with her passion for the translation of basic science into new disease treatments, she is currently involved in the development of a novel New Jersey state-wide infrastructure to develop and train the clinical/translational research teams of the future. 

Dr Scotto has also been the recipient of a number of awards for her research and administration efforts.  In 2008, Dr Scotto was named an NJABR Outstanding Woman in Research, and in 2011 she received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Weill Graduate School of Medical Sciences of Cornell University.