Skip to main content
Explore URMC

Education / Graduate Education / PhD Programs / Cell Biology of Disease


  • Poster Session
  • Welcome Picnic
  • Research Day
  • Poster Session


The Cell Biology of Disease Graduate Program trains students in understanding and developing treatments for human disease. The program is multidisciplinary in nature, drawing on faculty expertise in all aspects of disease biology including defining the molecular mechanisms underlying pathology, developing model systems, ‘omic’ sciences (genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, lipidomics, metabolomics, and microbiomics) and designing therapeutic interventions using regenerative biology, forward pharmacology, and rational drug design.   Students are generally free to work with any faculty throughout the University of Rochester Medical Center whose research focuses on disease biology or basic cell biological mechanisms that are critical for pathogenesis. Students who complete the Cell Biology of Disease Graduate Program receive a PhD in Pathology and go on to rewarding careers in academic, medical, industrial, non-profit and governmental settings.

Dr. Helene McMurray, Ph.D.
Program Director

Our Program Is Different

Our 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. 

Why Choose Us


The Cell Biology of Disease Program and Ph.D. in Pathology offers a wide range of research opportunities for our students. Our program faculty, who currently number approximately 80, represent 16 departments and centers within the medical center.

Explore Research


The Cell Biology of Disease Program curriculum is designed to give students a strong core foundation in cellular and molecular biology and afford maximum flexibility. The second year is focused on advanced disease-oriented studies in a mentor laboratory.

Explore Curriculum



Donna Shannon
CBD Graduate Program Coordinator

Use The Inquiry Form