PhD training in the Pathology Graduate Program occurs in three tracks that share a common core curriculum but provide additional track-specific curricular offerings. This provides a cohesive program that addresses the specific needs of different Pathology-related areas of research training. Section II of the handbook "Pathology PhD Program" describes core features of the program that are shared by all three tracks and provides detailed descriptions of the three training tracks:
Cancer Biology Training Program
The Cancer Biology Training Program provides PhD training related to the causes, diagnosis, progression and treatment of experimental and human cancer. Research topics include many facets of cancer biology, including cancer pathology, cancer genetics, cell signaling, control of cell growth, tumor apoptosis, cancer pharmacology, cancer therapeutics, stem cell biology, cancer imaging, tumor immunology and others. The program focus includes basic scientific research and its applications to clinical settings.
Immunology Training Program
The Immunology Training Program provides PhD training in a wide range of immunology-related topics, spanning from basic research in areas such as innate immunity, T cell activation, tolerance, antigen processing and presentation, MHC function, complement, antibody structure and function, and mucosal immunity to research in clinically relevant models of infectious diseases, vaccine development, immunopathology, transplantation and autoimmunity.
Molecular and Cellular Basis of Disease Training Program
The MCBDTP provides PhD training in many facets of experimental pathology, including inflammation, receptor signaling, tissue injury and healing, necrosis, apoptosis, cell growth control, neoplasia, biomaterials biocompatibility, neuropathology (including prion disorders, Alzheimer's disease, and other topics), aging, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The program includes basic scientific research, translational research, and applications to clinical settings.