The Biomedical Sciences Cluster at the University of Chicago consists of five programs: Cancer Biology, Immunology, Microbiology, Molecular Metabolism and Nutrition, and the Department of Pathology (Molecular Pathogenesis and Molecular Medicine). Each program is a distinct, degree-granting unit in the Biological Sciences Division. The Cluster system enables these programs to integrate faculty, coursework, research programs, training programs, and seminars/symposia for a truly multidisciplinary training experience. The result is an integrated and flexible course of study, with options to work with over 170 full-time faculty. For both pre- and postdoctoral trainees and faculty, the interdisciplinary nature of the Cluster provides extensive opportunities for interaction and collaboration.
The Department of Pathology, Molecular Pathogenesis and Molecular Medicine Graduate Program (MPMM) offers a program of advanced study and research in experimental pathobiology, broadly defined but with particular emphasis in immunobiology, molecular oncology, and vascular pathophysiology, and gut epithelial biology. The committee encourages scholarship and achievement and offers flexibility in its program to permit each student to pursue the most effective course of study and research.
The MPMM faculty come from basic science, translational, genetics, and clinical traditions providing for the prompt transfer of fundamental discoveries to practical application in the understanding and treatment of such widespread and important diseases as atherosclerosis, asthma, diabetes, Crohn's disease, and autism. Furthermore, commonalities of scientific foundations and experimental approaches underlying investigation of seemingly diverse questions in these organ systems leads to remarkable cross-fertilization and synergy among faculty and trainees.