Pathology PhD Training Programs | NYU Langone Health

Skip to Main Content
Department of Pathology Education Pathology PhD Training Programs

Pathology PhD Training Programs

In partnership with NYU Langone’s Vilcek Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences, the Department of Pathology offers graduate training programs that prepare students for a biomedical career with a focus in molecular oncology and tumor immunology or in immunology and inflammation. Our graduate students work closely with faculty scientists and gain valuable research experience in our laboratories.

Although there is some overlap in faculty, the fundamental emphasis of each program is quite different, and each provides a distinct training environment.

Molecular Oncology and Tumor Immunology PhD Training Program

The Molecular Oncology and Tumor Immunology PhD Training Program has been funded by the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health for over 40 years. Our faculty provide comprehensive training in all aspects of immunology and mammalian cancer biology and the interrelationship between the two disciplines. As a doctoral candidate, you choose to focus your research in molecular oncology or tumor immunology.

Our trainees study the molecular mechanisms of eukaryotic cell growth control and the regulation of the development and function of the immune system, with a particular focus on the interface of these disciplines and how they individually and mutually affect malignant disease in humans. In keeping with our mission of improving healthcare, we expect predoctoral research projects to have translational relevance.

Our faculty represent disciplines from across NYU Grossman School of Medicine and lead a range of research studies exploring fundamental areas in immunology, including the mechanistic basis of immunological intolerance, T-cell receptor signaling, and the cellular dynamics of the germinal center. Faculty interests also include contemporary topics in molecular oncology such as the mechanisms governing oncogenes and tumor suppressor genes, cell cycle regulation, carcinogenesis, angiogenesis, invasion, and metastasis. Building on this knowledge, we aim to develop immunotherapies for cancer and vaccines for diseases such as HIV and malaria.

Immunology and Inflammation PhD Training Program

In the Immunology and Inflammation PhD Training Program, doctoral candidates build a strong foundation in the scientific method and detailed knowledge of molecular immunology. Program faculty are drawn from NYU Grossman School of Medicine and NYU and have a common interest in solving crucial problems in basic, translational, and clinical immunology.

Many students elect to focus on disease research. Our faculty members’ interests include rheumatic diseases, multiple sclerosis, asthma, inflammatory bowel diseases, lupus, neurodegenerative diseases, atherosclerosis, tuberculosis, malaria, and HIV. Many faculty are involved in research investigating the relationship between the microbiome and the immune system.

We partner with clinical investigators and tissue banks to make patient materials accessible to our research teams. Our state-of-the-art vertebrate animal facilities enable our researchers to generate preclinical animal models and test ideas in vivo.

How to Apply

Applicants to our PhD training programs should submit their materials through the Vilcek Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences online application. Applications open in August and are due in December.

Learn more about PhD training programs admissions requirements.

Graduate Student Housing and Resources

NYU Langone offers housing assistance to PhD students.

Currently enrolled students can access academic forms, rotation schedules, funding opportunities, and other resources through the Vilcek Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences intranet community (Kerberos ID and password required).

Contact Us

For more information about the Molecular Oncology and Tumor Immunology PhD Training Program, email David E. Levy, PhD, program co-director, at; William L. Carroll, MD, program co-director, at; or Tony T. Huang, PhD, graduate advisor, at

For more information about the Immunology and Inflammation PhD Training Program, email Susan R. Schwab, PhD, program director, at or Michelle Krogsgaard, PhD, graduate advisor, at

Life as a Graduate Student

Current grad students share their experiences as trainees in the biomedical sciences.