PhD Program

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About Us

The graduate program in Molecular and Cellular Pathology at the University of Michigan is a five-year program through the Rackham School of Graduate Studies and the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP). The MCP program trains students pursuing either a Ph.D. or a combined M.D./Ph.D. in the study and understanding of molecular and cellular mechanisms of human disease processes.

Students are immersed in a diverse research environment that offers a broad choice of research opportunities, ranging from basic research in areas such as developmental biology, epigenetics and gene regulation, cell death and regulation to translational research in areas including cancer biology, immunopathology, inflammation, aging, neuropathology and experimental therapeutics.

This program offers involvement with a variety of faculty members providing students with an interdisciplinary approach to their training and cutting edge science. The Translational Research Division allows integration of the strong clinical research effort in the department with basic research programs and gives our trainees an important prospective on "bench to beside" approaches.

Students in the graduate program have the opportunity to develop a wide variety of technical skills by utilizing cutting-edge techniques such as high throughput screening, flow cytometry, proteomics, metabolomics, microarray DNA/Chromatin/ChIPSeq analysis, bioinformatics and more.

The MCP graduate students produce high quality research that has resulted in publications in top tier journals, presentations at multiple venues at the University of Michigan and other national and international awards and fellowships from the NIH and other professional societies.


Life in Ann Arbor

The city of Ann Arbor has an abundance of cultural and athletic offerings for residents. In addition to the University of Michigan Museum or Art, The Kelsey Museum of Archaeology and The Museum of Natural History, the University Musical Society offers an excellent selection of concerts and theatrical productions each year. More information on these activities. The University of Michigan also has a diverse Recreational Sports Department which offers many intramural sports including ultimate Frisbee, soccer, softball, sand volleyball, broomball, dodgeball, basketball and flag football. More information about intramural sports. Work-out facilities are available throughout campus and are available for student use.


Training Programs

Training Program in Translational Pathology T32The Training Program in Translational Research offers an interdisciplinary program of study and research that prepares graduate students for successful careers at the interface between basic biomedical science and clinical medicine. This program is designed for predoctoral Ph.D. students and aims to address the widely-recognized shortage of rigorously trained scientists who can successfully work together with medical professionals to bridge the gap between basic science and clinical practice. Along with additional coursework in translational pathology, trainees participate in a mentored clinical rotation in an area relevant to their thesis research, complementing the experimental work with exposure to relevant problems in the clinic.

T32 Proteomics - The training program in Advanced Proteome Informatics of Cancer, funded by the National Cancer Institute, supports students performing graduate cancer-related research and provides training for proteome informatics research. The National Cancer Institute has made a substantial investment in new technology platforms for cancer proteomics, especially through the Mouse Models of Human Cancers and the Clinical Proteomic Technologies for Cancer and this investment is expected to result in greatly increased application of proteomics to cancer research.

Information about the application process and program requirements can be found at