Experimental Pathology Graduate Program

Mission Statement

The Graduate Program in Experimental Pathology was created to provide students with the knowledge and skills to investigate the underlying mechanisms of human disease caused by human infectious agents or toxins using the latest scientific approaches. Our trainees develop critical scientific investigational skills including experimental design, data analysis and interpretation, communication of research data (written and oral), and safe and ethical laboratory research.

Objectives of the Experimental Pathology Graduate Program

Experimental Pathology is a biomedical discipline focused on unraveling the mechanisms associated with human disease. This discipline examines mechanisms by which molecular, cellular, and structural changes are involved in the disease process.

There are five specific objectives of the program:

  1. Educate students in the basic biomedical sciences of cell morphology, biochemistry, molecular biology, physiology and their pathologic counterparts in disease processes. Additionally, students are trained in the study of human pathogens and their vectors.
  2. Provide interactions between students and clinical scientists to facilitate student development of an appreciation for the problems, issues and technology of diagnosis, management and treatment of human disease.
  3. Educate students in research methodology, data analysis and critical thinking while providing exposure to the multidisciplinary approaches to investigate disease mechanisms.
  4. Provide students with the guidance, training and support needed to complete an original research project in a specialized area of experimental pathology.
  5. Prepare students for the diverse careers that are available to Ph.D.s in biomedical sciences.