Reluctant Student Comes Full Circle to Lead Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience

Mike Kiledjian is a professor of cell biology and neuroscience. ‘At Penn, it seemed like every colleague was from Stanford, Harvard, MIT, and the like. It was a little intimidating at first, but then I realized I’m at least as good as anyone here; that is a testament to the education I received at Rutgers.’ – Mike Kiledjian As a teenager, Mike Kiledjian considered quitting school to work in the family business. The youngest child in a hardworking, Armenian immigrant family, Kiledjian figured he might follow in the footsteps of his father and older brothers who ran a busy Hudson County service station. “The idea of actually going to college was something I didn’t really understand at that point in my life,” Kiledjian recalled recently. “I figured ‘hey, I can…


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