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Basic Science Graduate Program Overview

Pathology Basic Science program

Pathology Ph.D. Candidate Hannan Elsarraj (right) presenting her research at IGPBS Interaction, September 2015

The Graduate Studies Program in the Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine participates in the degree-granting curriculum of the University of Kansas Medical Center in concert with the IGPBS.  Our program provides comprehensive training in understanding the molecular basis of disease and the fundamental mechanisms of cell growth and differentiation.

As part of the basic science program at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, the bulk of the Ph.D. training consists of experimental laboratory investigation.  Our department's research interests are diverse, with a focus on the following research areas:

  1. Cancer Biology
  2. Developmental Biology and Cell Differentiation
  3. Stem Cell Biology
  4. Microbial and Viral Pathogenesis
  5. Hemostasis and Thrombosis  
  6. Trophoblast, Placentation and Pregnancy. 

The Pathology Graduate Studies Program is designed to provide in-depth training on the molecular basis of disease.  Several points are emphasized in the Pathology Graduate Studies Program at KUMC:

  1. Specialized thesis research in understanding the basic mechanisms of disease and cell differentiation
  2. Familiarization with the current scientific literature
  3. Critical analysis of scientific work
  4. Contributing to the  body of scientific knowledge by publishing research works
  5. Oral presentation and scientific writing skills

Apply for the Graduate Studies Program directly through the Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine.


All Ph.D. students in the basic sciences at the KU School of Medicine are admitted into the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in the Biomedical Sciences (IGPBS).  Program details and applications may be made online at Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences (IGPBS). The coursework of the IGPBS provides a broad base of training in modern biomedical science research.  After the initial year of course work, students that choose a research mentor in the Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine then join the Pathology Department Graduate Program.

For further information on the Pathology Graduate Studies Program at the University of Kansas, contact:

Soumen Paul, Ph.D.
Director, Pathology Graduate Studies Program
Division of Cancer and Developmental Biology
Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
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KU School of Medicine

University of Kansas Medical Center
Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Mail Stop 3045
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City, KS 66160
Phone: 913-588-7070
Fax: 913-588-7073