Graduate Program Coordinator
The Pathobiology graduate program offers graduate training in the application of basic biomedical research to diseases of public health interest. The program of study involves core courses to develop a fundamental understanding of basic cellular and molecular processes and techniques important in the application of basic biomedical research to diseases; laboratory experience to learn how to collect, analyze, interpret, and use data for solving problems; and opportunities to develop skills in communicating research findings through oral and written presentations.
Master of Science
The master's program is designed for students to develop an understanding of the applications of molecular biology to public health, epidemiology, and cellular or antigenic analysis, and microbiology or immunology. The focus in this two-year program is developing basic research skills and understanding the scientific method. Students are expected to fulfill their course requirements during the first year. Under the guidance of a faculty research mentor, students propose and complete a thesis that includes an original research project.
Students are admitted directely into the PhD program. The department does not currently accept applications for the Master of Science.
Degree RequirementsA minimum of 60 credits as follows:
MS Thesis Research Proposal: The M.S. thesis research proposal should be done by the end of the fourth quarter of the first year and should contain the following, in this order:
MS Thesis: The thesis must be provided to the MS advisory committee two weeks prior to the oral presentation. Corrections should be made following their review before submission of the document to the Graduate School.
MS Oral Presentation and Defense: Students give a formal seminar prior to the completion of the master's program.
Doctor of Philosophy
The doctoral program lasts four to five years and is designed for students to become capable of conducting independent research leading to the expansion of knowledge by developing skills to approach unfamiliar experimental systems and identify and explore important questions concerning pathogenesis and infection. Students develop familiarity with the paradigms for control, prevention, and treatment; develop an understanding of epidemiology and disease processes; learn basic methodologies used in this research including relevant areas of molecular biology, bacteriology, cell biology, virology, epidemiology, and biostatistics; and develop familiarity with the major classes of pathogens.
Degree Requirements90 credits minimum, as follows:
Research facilities are geographically dispersed and located in the Health Science Center of the School of Medicine, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and Seattle Biomedical Research Institute. External support includes computer facilities and the Health Sciences Library with access to more than 345,000 volumes, 4,000 periodicals, and online bibliographic services for all national libraries of medicine and most commercial databases.
The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center is a world-renowned research institution. Its mission for more than 20 years has been to eliminate cancer. Shared facilities are available, including electron microscopy, flow cytometry, tissue culture, image analysis, biotechnology center for DNA and protein synthesis and sequencing, animal facilities, biological production facility focused on monoclonal antibody production, extensive libraries, and a biocomputing center.
The Seattle Biomedical Research Institute is an independent nonprofit organization studying causes of and interventions to infectious diseases of worldwide impact, including targeted research producing leading-edge findings and applied research creating diagnostic tests and treatments.
The department offers a twelve-month competitive salary, as well as paying tuition and health insurance, which includes medical, dental, and vision benefits. Students with satisfactory academic progress can anticipate funding for the duration of their studies.