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Students are highly involved in the program through the student council that is responsible for organizing the annual research symposium which highlights research in the department and hosts internationally known keynote speakers. During the symposium, the MCP program announced the Outstanding Pathology Research Award to recognize talented and exceptional students in the program who have exhibited excellence in their research, academics, and other scientific accomplishments. The pathology students also organize social events to promote interaction between students and faculty.

Research in the Molecular and Cellular Pathology graduate program focuses on understanding the molecular processes underlying human disease. Research in the graduate program is broad in scope, ranging from basic research in areas such as epigenetics and apoptosis to translation research in areas including cancer biology and immunopathology. Students in the graduate program have the opportunity to develop a wide variety of technical skills such as high throughput screening, flow cytometry and high-throughput "omics" technologies.
The research faculty in the Department of Pathology utilize a wide variety of cutting-edge techniques to further understanding of the molecular mechanisms underlying human disease. These techniques include:
  • Microarray DNA/Chromatin/ChIPSeq analysis
  • Bioinformatics
  • Proteomics and protein-protein interaction
  • High throughput screening (siRNA and small molecules)
  • Omics (genomics, epigenomics, metabolomics)
  • Plasmid, siRNA and viral vector cores
  • Image analysis

Video Interviews

MCP students discussing their research presentations for the Symposium.


Shayna Bradford

/ Mentor Gregory Dressler, PhD

Sierrah Grigsby

/ Mentor Zaneta Nikolovska-Coleska, PhD

Ulas Ozkurede

/ Mentor Richard Miller, PhD

James Ropa

/ Mentor Andrew Muntean, PhD

Anna Ting

/ Mentor Nicholas Lukacs, PhD

MCP students discussing their research presentations for the Symposium.


Alison Johnson

/ Mentor Anuska Andjelkovic-Zochowska

Emmalee Adelman

/ Mentor Ken Figueroa

Justin Serio

/ Mentor Andrew Muntean