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Pathology Translational Research Program

The Translational Research Program offered by NYU Langone’s Department of Pathology provides residents and fellows with the financial, intellectual, and administrative resources they need to conduct clinically relevant, high-impact research.

Our program prepares trainees for careers in pathology through cultivation of their research interests and their critical reading of medical literature. We facilitate investigator-initiated projects and encourage collaborations between members of the department and other NYU Langone researchers. Our goal is to foster interactions between clinical and basic science researchers and bring forward the best translational science.

In doing so, we hope to promote a culture of innovation and discovery in which early career scientists can take risks and solve important problems in biomedicine.

How the Translational Research Program Works

We accept research proposals from Department of Pathology residents and post-residency fellows. We evaluate proposals for scientific merit and feasibility.

All proposals must be sponsored by a department faculty member. Twice a year, we host research “blitzes” to allow trainees and faculty members to find research projects of mutual interest.

We also offer guidance to trainees and faculty throughout the application process and serve as a liaison between the department and NYU Langone administration for research-related issues.

If your proposal is selected for funding, we can help you with the institutional review board application process. We also offer support in the administration of research funds and active monitoring of project outcomes.

Funded Translational Research Projects

A partial list of funded projects includes the following:

  • functional characterization of TERT gene fusions in ovarian granulosa cell tumors
  • application of EZH2 immunohistochemistry in duct brushing cytology diagnosis
  • defining morphologic and molecular characteristics of the human breast interstitium and its role in disease
  • immuno-oncologic pathway analysis of the tumor microenvironment in early onset‒ and colitis-associated colorectal carcinoma: a pilot study
  • development and adult anatomy of the human interstitium
  • immune checkpoint pathways in heart transplant rejection
  • defining morphologic and molecular characteristics of early stage primary sclerosing cholangitis
  • how does noninvasive follicular thyroid neoplasm with papillary-like nuclear features (NIFTP) compare to encapsulated and non-encapsulated follicular variants of papillary thyroid carcinoma? An examination into next generation sequencing molecular profiles
  • immunostain of C-reactive protein in differentiating focal nodular hyperplasia from hepatocellular adenoma
  • methylation profiling of histologic subtypes of renal cell carcinoma

Works in Progress Series

We hold a monthly Works in Progress series at which awardees and faculty sponsors share their ongoing work. This informal, supportive group setting gives trainees an opportunity to hone their presentation skills and receive expert feedback from their clinical and basic science colleagues. Works in Progress seminars take place on the third Friday of every month and typically feature 2 presentations of 30 minutes each, with additional time for discussion.

In addition, awardees are required to submit a written progress report every six months for the duration of their research project.

Translational Research Resources

Residents and fellows whose projects are selected for funding have access to a range of resources at NYU Langone. Many awardees rely on expert assistance from scientific cores and shared resources including the following:

All of NYU Langone’s scientific cores and shared resources maintain the highest technical standards and welcome multidisciplinary collaboration.

Application Guidelines

Before you submit an application, review the list of faculty who are available to sponsor research projects to identify those whose research interests align with yours. You are encouraged to email potential faculty sponsors to discuss your proposal.

After you and a faculty sponsor agree on a project, you write a proposal with their guidance. You may find it helpful to use our online application as a project template.

Applications are reviewed by Christopher Y. Park, MD, PhD, program director, and members of the Translational Research Program, which is composed of Department of Pathology faculty. We may contact applicants with follow-up questions before making final decisions.

How to Apply

Complete and submit the Translational Research Program online application. Applications are considered on a rolling basis throughout the year, and we typically make decisions within two to three weeks of receiving applications.

If you have questions about the program or how to apply, please email Caterina Berti, PhD, manager of research laboratory operations, at caterina.berti@nyulangone.org.

Program Faculty

Christopher Y. Park, MD, PhD
Program Director

Caterina Berti, PhD
Manager of Research Laboratory Operations

Contact Us

If you have questions or comments about our program, please email Dr. Park, program director, at christopher.park@nyunlangone.org or Dr. Berti, manager of research laboratory operations, at caterina.berti@nyulangone.org.