Program Director:
Nicholas W. Lukacs, Ph.D.
Graduate Program in Molecular and Cellular Pathology
Department of Pathology
University of Michigan Medical School
1301 Catherine Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-0602

For specific questions please contact:
Laura Hessler, Student Administration
Telephone: 734-763-6454
Fax: 734-763-6476

About Us

The Department of Pathology offers the Ph.D. degree through the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies. A special Ph.D./M.D. program is also open to students in the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) at the University of Michigan. The primary goal of the doctorate in molecular and cellular pathology program is to train individuals for careers as independent scientific investigators, with a focus on the study of the molecular and cellular mechanisms of disease processes.

The course programs are formulated to meet the needs of individual students in consultation with their academic adviser and with approval of the Molecular and Cellular Pathology Graduate Program Committee. Courses are chosen to provide each student with a background in basic areas of biochemistry, cell biology, immunology, and genetics in preparation for in-depth study of the cellular and molecular pathogenesis of disease. This focus on cellular and molecular mechanisms is exemplified by the core course requirement, Pathology 581 “Tissue, Cellular and Molecular Basis of Disease”. Additional course work depends on individual trainees' area of research specialization and may include courses in other basic science departments in the University. Students select a thesis adviser from the pathology faculty to guide their dissertation research.

The research interests of the faculty are diverse and include investigative programs in tissue injury and repair, inflammation, aging, tumor biology, apoptosis, regulation of gene expression in disease processes, and the biology and pathobiology of cytokines, adhesion molecules and extracellular matrix.

An active program in molecular biology/genetics is present in the Department of Pathology in conjunction with the University of Michigan Howard Hughes Medical Institute for Molecular Genetics. Two National Institutes of Health training grants in lung immunopathology and experimental immunopathology support 4 graduate students and approximately 40 postdoctoral fellows in the department. Because of this significant interest in Immunology, the Molecular and Cellular Pathology Graduate Program has very close ties with the interdepartmental graduate training Program in Immunology.




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