Matt NiepielkoEducation

  • 2014 Ph.D., Rutgers University, New Jersey
  • 2010 M.S., Rutgers University, New Jersey
  • 2008 B.S., Richard Stockton College, New Jersey

Professional Experience

  • 2010- current: Research Assistant, Center for Computational and Integrative Biology, Biology Department, Rutgers University
  • 2008-2009: Teacher’s Assistant, Biology Department, Rutgers University

Research Interests

Currently studies the role of EGFR signaling in morphological novelty on the Drosophila eggshell. 

Scholarships & Awards

  • Recipient of the Alumni Association Graduate School Academic Achievement Award, 2014.
  • Recipient of the DeLill Nasser GSA Award, 2014.
  • Recipient of the Lansbury Prize for Academic Excellence, 2013.
  • Graduate Student Travel Fund, 2012
  • Graduate Student Travel Fund, 2010
  • Graduate Student Travel Fund, 2009
  • Graduate Student Research Fund, 2009
  • James Jones Wildlife Conservation Award, 2008


  1. M. G. Niepielko*, R. A. Marmion*, K. Kim, D. Luor, C. Ray, N. Yakoby. Chorion Patterning: A window into gene regulation and Drosophila species-relatedness. 2014. Molecular Biology & Evolution. 31 (1):154-164.
  2. M.G. Niepielko, K. Ip, J.S. Kanodia, D. Lun, and N. Yakoby. The evolution of BMP signaling in Drosophila oogenesis: a receptor-based mechanism. 2012. Biophysical Journal. 102:1722-1730.
  3. J.J. Zartman, L.S. Cheung, M.G. Niepielko, C. Bonini, B. Haley, N. Yakoby, and S.Y. Shvartsman. Pattern formation by a moving morphogen source. 2011. Physical Biology. Aug;8(4):045003. Epub 2011 Jul 12.
  4. M.G. Niepielko, Y. Hernáiz-Hernández, and N. Yakoby. BMP signaling dynamics in the follicle cells of multiple Drosophila species. 2011. Developmental Biology. 354:151-159.

* Contributed equally