molecular beacons

Contact Information

You can visit our laboratory, which is located at:


Public Health Research Institute
New Jersey Medical School - Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Department of Molecular Genetics, Third floor - West Wing
225 Warren Street
Newark, New Jersey 07103

PHRI is a Center of the New Jersey Medical School at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. For more information on our University, please visit

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For inquiries on the molecular beacon licensing program, you can contact

Fred Russell Kramer, Ph.D.
Tel: 1-973-854-3370


For inquiries on molecular beacon applications, molecular beacon design,
and molecular beacon synthesis, you can contact

Sanjay Tyagi, Ph.D. Salvatore A.E. Marras, Ph.D.
Tel: 1-973-854-3372 Tel: 1-973-854-3373


Members of the Department of Molecular Genetics

Fred Russell Kramer
Salvatore A.E. Marras
Sanjay Tyagi
Diana Y. Vargas


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Recent Publications from our group

Whitfield M, Marras SAE, Warren R, Van Rie A, Rice J, Wangh L, and Kreiswirth B. (2020) Rapid pyrazinamide drug susceptibility testing using a closed-tube PCR assay of the entire pncA gene. Scientific Reports, Accepted for publication

Marras SAE, Bushkin Y, and Tyagi S (2019) High-fidelity amplified FISH for the detection and allelic discrimination of single mRNA molecules. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 128, 13921-13926

Marras SAE, Tyagi S, Antson D, and Kramer FR (2019) Color-coded molecular beacons for multiplex PCR screening assays. PLoS One 14: e0213906

Vargas DY, Marras SAE, Tyagi S, and Kramer FR (2018) Suppression of Wild-Type Amplification by Selectivity Enhancing Agents in PCR Assays That Utilize SuperSelective Primers for the Detection of Rare Somatic Mutations. The Journal of Molecular Diagnostics, 20, 415-427