About the Program

Students

What is Pathology?

Pathology is the branch of medicine which addresses the essential nature of disease, especially the structural and functional changes that cause or are caused by disease (modified from Dorland’s Medical Dictionary).

 

What is the difference between our Ph.D. training program in Pathology and other training programs such as Biochemistry or Pharmacology?

I-Hsin Fiona KuoOur Pathology Ph.D. students use the same cutting edge biochemical and genetic research techniques that other biomedical research trainees use and take the required core courses in biochemistry, cell biology, and genetics. There are two important differences, however, that distinguish our training program: first, our Pathology Ph.D. students complete a curriculum that also emphasizes human anatomy, physiology, and mechanisms of human disease (i.e., pathology); second, our students universally pursue thesis projects that have projectedoutcomes which add to our understanding of human health and disease.


What careers are available to graduates with a Ph.D. in Pathology?

Our Pathology Ph.D. graduates are competitive for all academic and industrial career opportunities that are open to well-trained research scientists from the major academic disciplines. Our graduates successfully compete for positions in departments of biochemistry, genetics, toxicology, etc. The knowledge, research skills, and critical thinking that our students obtain are equal to those of graduates of other major research training programs throughout the United States.


What advantages do our Ph.D. graduates in Pathology have?

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Our graduates have a strong foundation in human disease and are comfortable working with both research professionals and our clinical colleagues. Their knowledge base and skill set are valued by both academia and industry where funding and research success increasingly requires relevance to human health and disease.