Molecular Pathogenesis and Molecular Medicine
The Department of Pathology Molecular Pathogenesis and
Molecular Medicine Graduate Program (MPMM) offers a program of advanced
study and research in experimental pathobiology, broadly defined but
with particular emphasis in immunobiology, molecular oncology, and
vascular pathophysiology, and gut epithelial biology. The
committee encourages scholarship and achievement and offers flexibility
in its program to permit each student to pursue the most effective
course of study and research.
The MPMM faculty come from basic science, translational,
genetics, and clinical traditions providing for the prompt transfer of
fundamental discoveries to practical application in the understanding
and treatment of such widespread and important diseases as
atherosclerosis, asthma, diabetes, Crohn's disease, and autism.
Furthermore, commonalities of scientific foundations and experimental
approaches underlying investigation of seemingly diverse questions in
these organ systems leads to remarkable cross-fertilization and synergy
among faculty and trainees.
curriculum provides instruction in the areas of biochemistry,
defense reactions, cancer biology, immunology, cellular and molecular
pathology, and cell, molecular, and genetic biology that are generally
completed within the first two years of study. Each student must
select a faculty sponsor who is willing to supervise his or her thesis
research. These faculty members may be chosen from the various
departments in the Division of the Biological Sciences provided the
research program is considered suitable by the departmental graduate
student advisory committee.
The Committee’s graduate program is integrated within
the Biomedical Sciences Cluster, which also includes graduate programs
from the Committee on Cancer Biology, the Committee on Immunology, the
Committee on Molecular Metabolism and Nutrition, and the Committee on
Microbiology. The five academic units share a joint admissions
committee, several common courses, a seminar series, and additional
common events for students and faculty within the cluster. The
goal of the cluster system is to encourage interdisciplinary
interactions among both trainees and faculty, and to allow students
flexibility in designing their particular course of study.