Charles Roth, Ph.D.
Charles Roth is Professor of Biomedical Engineering and of Chemical & Biochemical Engineering, where he is also the Graduate Program Director, at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Dr. Roth received his B.S.E. in Chemical Engineering from University of Pennsylvania in 1989 and his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from University of Delaware in 1994. He was then a postdoctoral associate at Massachusetts General Hospital and Shriners Burns Hospital and was subsequently Staff Scientist with faculty appointment at Harvard Medical School before moving to Rutgers in 2000.
Dr. Roth’s main research interests are in the areas of nanomedicine, with an emphasis on gene silencing technologies, targeted delivery for therapeutics and imaging, and engineering approaches to cancer. His research program is noted for its integration of biophysical and bioengineering approaches in the generally empirical realm of nucleic acid delivery. Dr. Roth has trained ten past and two current Ph.D. students along with six postdoctoral fellows, one visiting scientist, five master’s students, and over sixty undergraduates, while serving on over forty MS and Ph.D. thesis committees. Dr. Roth has co-authored more than 60 journal publications along with five book chapters, and he is co-inventor on six patents issued or pending. He recently co-founded Graplon Technologies, LLC in order to develop and commercialize polymer-based nanomedicines with improved systemic and cellular pharmacokinetics applied to orphan diseases without currently acceptable therapies available.
Dr. Roth has initiated several new programs at Rutgers, including the Biomedical Engineering Honors Academy, and he served as founding Director of the NSF-funded REU Site Program in Cellular Bioengineering: From Biomaterials to Stem Cells from 2010-2012. Dr. Roth has received several awards including the NSF CAREER award, the Warren L. Susman Award for Excellence in Teaching (University-wide), and induction into the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering. He currently serves as the Graduate Program Director for Chemical and Biochemical Engineering.