The Cellular and Molecular Pathology program integrates the fields of cellular and molecular biology, cell biology, and innate immunity with the study of human disease, primarily in the context of Regenerative Medicine with translational goals. Utilizing the latest technologies, the program combines both basic science and clinical research to explore fundamental questions related to the biology of normal tissue growth and embryonic development, current best practices in tissue engineering, and the cellular and molecular pathways that lead to the development of disease. Active research programs investigate diverse topics such as liver development, disease and transplantation in the Pittsburgh Liver Research Center; developmental neuroscience and neurological diseases; mechanisms of gene regulation; cancer biology; angiogenesis; pulmonary disease; inflammation and autoimmunity; genetics; bioinformatics; and molecular diagnostics. Research laboratories are located throughout the medical center campus and research studies involve both basic research scientists (PhD’s) and clinician scientists (MD/PhD’s).
Apart from the general degree requirements for all Interdisciplinary Biomedical Science Graduate students, the following are core courses for the Cellular and Molecular Pathology program: