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The Department of Pathology offers research and study leading to the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Pathology. Although many applicants already hold the MD, MBBS or other doctoral degree, highly qualified candidates with a bachelor's degree may be admitted.
Although the department has major service responsibilities, there is faculty research in which students may participate in the pursuit of a graduate degree. This has increased with the Cancer Institute’s attraction of new tumor biologists/immunologists with faculty appointments in Pathology. There is major emphasis on immunopathology with active research programs in AIDS, especially regarding gene identification related to AIDS susceptibility and disease progression. The department has always had a strong research interest in autoimmune diseases.
As a major part of UMMC’s Transplant Program, we actively pursue research on transplantation immunology, in which molecular mechanisms of allograft rejection are evaluated based on antibody identification, and effector T-cell gene expression. There is also research on Toll-like receptor function in tumor immunity as well as modulation of immunity to counter the effects of disease and aging, and on molecular mechanisms of bone metastases in prostate and breast cancer. There is also cooperative research on hypertension and renal disease with the Department of Physiology.
The new administration of the department is emphasizing major involvement in research endeavors by all members of our faculty.
PhD degree graduates with appropriate postdoctoral experience are qualified to sit for the Diplomate of the American Board of Histocompatibility in Immunogenetics for Tissue Typing Laboratory Directors. This certification is recognized by the deeming agency that qualifies individuals to direct histocompatibility laboratories throughout the United States and Canada and much of the remainder of the world. Others enter programs of research and teaching. Graduates of this program have served as professors in medical schools throughout the United States, including the University of Alabama, Vanderbilt University, University of California at San Francisco, University of Maryland and University of North Carolina among other distinguished medical centers.
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