The Pathobiology Graduate Program is an interdisciplinary educational and research training program established by the Departments of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and Molecular Microbiology and Immunology. The objective of this program is to use the tools of cell biology, biochemistry, and molecular biology to study basic mechanisms of disease. This program has three tracks: immunology and host defense, environmental pathology, and cancer biology.

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Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Training in Environmental Pathology is funded by a training grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. This is a multidisciplinary program involving faculty from the Departments of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Pediatrics, Surgery and Medicine at Brown University. The goal of this program is to provide research training for predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees in basic mechanisms of disease related to environmental exposures. Trainees will apply the tools of morphology, biochemistry, molecular biology, and cell biology to explore the causes of pathogenesis of cancer, reproductive dysfunction, and neurodegenerative disease related to environmental exposures. This training program will help trainees develop skills required for professional development and provide exposure to recent advances in related disciplines including nanotechnology, occupational medicine, and public policy. Graduates of this program will be qualified to pursue research and teaching careers in environmental health and disease in universities, industry, or government agencies.

Department of Education GAANN grant (Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need). The grant is entitled: "Interdisciplinary Training in the Applications and Implications of Nanotechnology" and supports PhD students working on interdisciplinary projects with co-mentors from biological sciences, physical sciences, and engineering.

Graduate Courses

Course Code Course Title and Description Course Instructor
BIOL 2860  Molecular Mechanisms of Disease Kim Boekelheide and Thomas Bartnikas
BIOL 2840 Human Reproductive Biology and Toxicology Geralyn Messerlian and Kim Boekelheide
BIOL 2840E Topics in Cancer Biology Anatoly Zhitkovich
BIOL 2840/ENGN 2920D Environmental Technologies and Human Health James Rice
ENGN 2920/BIOL 2840 Small Wonders: Science, Technology and Human Health Impacts of Nanomaterials Robert Hurt and Agnes Kane