C516 Health Sciences
Pathology is the study of disease; its causes, mechanisms, and effects on the body. Pathology is both a basic biological science and a specialty of medicine. As a medical specialty, practiced by MDs, it includes the laboratory evaluation of organs, tissues, and fluids to assist other physicians in reaching a diagnosis. As a basic science, practiced by PhDs, pathology focuses on the experimental investigation of the molecular processes of disease, using techniques of cell and organ culture, biochemistry, molecular biology, and genetics.
The Department of Pathology offers graduate training in experimental pathology, with an emphasis on the cellular and molecular biological basis of disease, leading to the Doctor of Philosophy degree in cellular and molecular pathology. The primary goal of the graduate program is to train individuals for careers as practicing scientists in biomedical research, investigating basic disease mechanisms. Emphasis is on development of skills in hypothesis generation and testing, including the design, accomplishment, and critical interpretation of experiments. Experimental pathology uses the full range of biomedical research techniques (including biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, animal modeling) to attempt to elucidate the mechanisms underlying human disease. Graduates of the program usually continue research careers at biotechnology companies or universities/research institutes.
Graduate Program Adviser
Doctor of Philosophy
Prospective candidates should have taken undergraduate courses in the sciences, and have acceptable scores on the Graduate Record Examination, including advanced biology or chemistry. Some experience in a research laboratory is strongly recommended. Those wishing to matriculate toward both the MD and PhD degrees must gain admission to both the Graduate School and the School of Medicine.
90 credits, to include:
Funding for students is provided from departmental and University funds, training grants, a variety of institutional fellowships, and research grants of individual faculty members.
The department emphasizes the cellular and molecular approach to the investigation of the pathogenesis of disease in mammalian species. Special facilities exist for training in electron microscopy; cell, tissue, and organ culture; recombinant DNA techniques; histochemistry and cytochemistry; analytical biochemistry; immunology; and molecular and cell biology.
Residency Training Program
The department supervises a residency-training program in anatomic pathology and, jointly with the Department of Laboratory Medicine, in clinical pathology for qualified medical doctors. Subspecialty training is also available through clinical fellowships. Persons who complete the residency program are eligible for certification by the American Board of Pathology. For additional information, contact the Resident Program Director, Department of Pathology, Box 356100, or visit the residency program website.