Predoctoral Teaching

Undergraduate Teaching

As pathologists in the practice of anatomic and clinical pathology, we are dedicated to providing high-quality diagnostic expertise, clinical consultation, and state-of-the-art diagnostic testing and patient data management. As academic pathologists, we also accept the responsibility to train medical and graduate students, residents, and fellows who will become the next generation of scientists and physicians. Our goal is to pursue basic, clinical, and translational research on mechanisms, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of human disease and to develop innovative teaching programs for undergraduates, medical students, and graduate students at Brown University.

Undergraduate Courses
BIOL 1290 Cancer Biology Anatoly Zhitkovich
BIOL 1820 Environmental Health and Disease Tatiana Johnston
BIOL 1870 Techniques in Pathobiology  Cynthia Jackson
BIOL 1920B Health Inequality in Historical Perspective Lundy Braun
BIOL 0920A Controversies in Medicine Lundy Braun
BIOL 1920C Social Studies in Biology; Social Contexts of Disease Deborah F. Weinstein

Pathobiology Graduate Program


 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
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

M.D. Program

Medical Education

 Pathology has traditionally been considered a descriptive discipline dealing with the morphological aspects of disease in organs, tissues and cells. Pathology is also a basic medical science that directly links both biological science and clinical medicine. The goals of our General and Systemic Pathology courses are to understand and think critically about causes and mechanisms of disease.

Faculty Involvement

  The faculty participate in the preclinical medical curriculum in the General Pathology Course for first-year students and in the two semester Systemic Pathology Course for second-year students. Two faculty (Drs. Luba Dumenco and Agnes Kane) serve on the Medican Curriculum Committee. All of the faculty are dedicated teachers who consistently receive excellentstudent teaching evaluations and teaching awards.

First Year Courses
CODE TITLE Course leaders
BIOL 3645 IMS-I General Pathology A. Kane, L. Dumenco, J. Ou and LC. Hanley
BIOL 3652 IMS-II Brain Sciences J. Roth, NS. Potter, J. Donahue, J. Donoghue, R. Boland, and S. Salloway
BIOL 3643 IMS-I Histology J. Ou, and LC. Hanley
Second Year Courses
CODE TITLE Course Leaders
BIOL 3662 IMS-III Cardiovascular D. Burtt, CL. Hanley, W. Bowen                         
BIOL 3664 IMS-III Renal S. Hu, A. Cohen, E. Yakirevich, W. Bowen     
BIOL 3674 IMS-III Human Reproduction J. Ou, W. Bowen
BIOL 3663 IMS-III Pulmonary M. Jankowich, B. Kimble, M. Garcia-Moliner, W. Bowen
BIOL 3665 IMS-III Supporting Structures  S. Schwartz, J. Katarincic, L. Robinson-Bostom, J. Hart, W. Bowen
BIOL 3672 IMS-IV Hematology E. Wittels, A. Taber, L. Dumenco, W. Bowen
BIOL 3673 IMS-IV  Gastroenterology H. Rich, M. LeGolvan, W. Bowen
BIOL 367X IMS- Endocrinology M. Canepa

Note: All first and second year medical school courses listed with the exception of BIOL 3645 are interdisciplinary. Course leaders who are faculty of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine are in bold. 

Third and Fourth Year Electives
CODE TITLE Duration of rotation
PATH 611 Applied Pathology/RIH/M. LeGolvan
2-4 Weeks
PATH 612 Research in Perinatal Pathology/WIH/H. Pinar
4 weeks
PATH 614 Seminar in Clinical-Pathological/Development and Pediatric Pathology/WIH/H. Pinar 4 weeks
OBG 4975 Gynecologic and Breast Pathology/WIH/MM. Lomme 2-4 Weeks
First, Second and Fourth Year Electives
CODE TITLE Duration of rotation
BIOL 6501  Medical Chinese Elective / CJ. Sung Six two-hour evening sessions
PATH 6516/7301 Race, Health Disparities, and Biomedical Interpretations / L. Braun
6 Weeks
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