Graduate Programs

The Department of Pathology and the Committee on Molecular Medicine offer a program of advanced study and research in experimental pathobiology, and in the molecular and cellular physiology of several organ systems. We call our curriculum Molecular Pathogenesis and Molecular Medicine. Areas of emphasis include immunobiology, molecular oncology, and vascular pathophysiology, and disease of cardiovascular, respiratory, endocrine, gastrointestinal, and neuropsychiatric systems. This broad participation of scholars from basic science, translational, genetics, and clinical traditions provides for the prompt transfer of fundamental discoveries to practical application in the understanding and treatment of such widespread and important diseases.

The department encourages scholarship and achievement and offers flexibility in its program to permit each student to pursue the most effective course of study and research. Instruction includes courses in biochemistry, defense reactions, cancer biology, immunology, cellular and molecular pathology, and cell, molecular, and genetic biology that are generally completed within the first two years of study. Each student must select a faculty sponsor who is willing to supervise his or her thesis research. Such faculty members can be chosen from multiple departments in the Division of the Biological Sciences if the research program is considered suitable by the graduate student advisory committee. We have a dual mission, combining clinical faculty with basic science faculty whose common interest is the biological mechanisms underlying diseases.

The diversity of faculty reflects the interdisciplinary nature of modern Pathology & modern Medicine. We consider our faculty to be among the most distinguished researchers in the field and our training program has been very successful over the past 20 years. Students are admitted to work towards the PhD degree in Pathology. Because we expect the students to commit full time to the program, all have financial support towards tuition, fees and stipend.

The sources of support are either University funds, research grants or training grants, but we strive to maintain an equal level of financial support regardless of the source.

The program consists of two phases: formal course work and laboratory rotations, followed by independent research towards a dissertation. Typically, students begin with 1-2 years of course work, chose a dissertation advisor after the first year and spend 3-5 years in research work. The graduate studies advisory committee (GSAC), consisting of eight faculty, is charged with guiding the program and its students.