Graduate Programs

Life as a Graduate Student


The Department of Pathology, with three major research divisions (Molecular Oncology, Immunology, and Experimental Pathology) serves as the intellectual and administrative home for three graduate training programs. Although there is some overlap in faculty, the fundamental emphasis of these programs is quite different, and they provide distinctive training environments.

The Graduate Training Program in Molecular Oncology and Tumor Immunology has three major areas of emphasis: immunology (both basic and applied), mammalian cancer biology, and the interface between the two. Research topics of interest to Program faculty range from fundamental questions in immunology (the mechanistic basis of immunological tolerance; T cell receptor signaling; cellular dynamics of the germinal center) to contemporary topics in molecular oncology (mechanisms of action of oncogenes and tumor suppressor genes; cell cycle regulation; carcinogenesis, angiogenesis, invasion, and metastasis) to immunotherapy of cancer and vaccine development for diverse diseases such as HIV and malaria. This training program offers two specialized training tracks for Molecular Oncology and Tumor Immunology.

The Graduate Training Program in Immunology and Inflammation is designed to train students to be independent scientists with a strong foundation in the scientific method and detailed knowledge of molecular immunology. The program faculty are drawn from across the NYU medical center and downtown campuses and have a common interest in solving critical problems in basic, translational and clinical immunology. The study of the immune system is highly interdisciplinary and approaches run the gamut from biochemistry to molecular genetics and microscopy to systems biology. Many investigators have a diseases focus and NYU School of Medicine has significant strengths in the areas of rheumatic diseases, multiple sclerosis, asthma, inflammatory bowel diseases, lupus, neurodegenerative diseases, atherosclerosis, tuberculosis, malaria and HIV. Clinical investigators and tissue banks make patient materials accessible. State-of-the-art vertebrate animal facilities for mice and fish are available to facilitate the generation of pre-clinical animal models for testing ideas in vivo.

The Graduate Training Program in Pathobiology and Translational Medicine takes a more consciously clinically oriented approach, providing classroom instruction in mammalian pathophysiology using new courses specifically tailored for graduate students, with rotations through animal histology and surgical and autopsy pathology. Pathobiology students may perform their thesis research in a basic or translational research laboratory, but are required to include a clinical co-mentor on their thesis advisory committee. Pathobiology faculty research areas include diverse areas of modern immunology, growth control, and cancer biology, often with a clinical interest.

For current trainees, forms and materials related to the Pathobiology, The Immunology and Inflammation, or the Molecular Oncology and Tumor Immunology Training Programs are available in the Student Resources section.

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