PhD Program

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Jacki Kornbluth, Ph.D.
Director, Pathology Graduate Program

The Department of Pathology offers a graduate program in molecular pathobiology leading to the Doctor of Philosophy degree. The faculty work closely with graduate students in the department to assist them in acquiring the requisite academic background and practical laboratory skills for successful research careers in academics, industry, medicine or government. Excellent research facilities for cellular and molecular studies in pathobiology are available in the department. Facilities include fluorescence and confocal microscopy, flow cytometry, tissue culture facilities, video image analysis, and an EM lab equipped with both scanning and transmission microscopes.

Departmental faculty maintain research collaborations with colleagues in the academic and industrial community which further broadens opportunities and exposure to technical skills and research expertise for graduate students. The department stresses close interactions among student, mentor and graduate steering committee to foster the intellectual and scientific growth of each student.

All students interested in the Ph.D.program in pathology must enroll through the Core Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences. This one year core program provides the student with a strong basic foundation in biomedical sciences and allows the student the opportunity to rotate through various laboratories in the Health Sciences Center before choosing a specific field of study. After the first year, the student chooses a mentor and a department for further work towards their Ph.D. degree. The Ph.D. degree requires 48 credit hours of course work and 12 credit hours towards the successful completion and defense of an original research dissertation.

Courses required for a Ph.D. degree in Pathology include the core Basic Biomedical Sciences course covering topics in biochemistry, molecular and cellular biology, pathology, genetics, pharmacology, microbiology, immunology and neurobiology, an introductory and advanced course in pathobiology and research colloquia. Additional elective courses, which may be taken from other departments or from other universities in the area, are selected in collaboration with a departmental advisor to best suit the needs of the student.

Basic Biomedical Sciences Core

  • biochemistry
  • molecular and cellular biology
  • pathology
  • genetics
  • pharmacology
  • microbiology
  • immunology and neurobiology
  • an introductory and advanced course in pathobiology
  • research colloquia

Starting in the second year, students present their research progress yearly in the Departmental Research colloquium. A written Preliminary and Oral Examination is taken at the end of the second year which focuses primarily on the student's proposed area of thesis research. Research fellowships are provided to qualified students accepted into the Ph.D. program. These include paid tuition and a stipend. Health insurance is provided by the department and can be extended to cover a spouse and children at reasonable cost.

The Department of Pathology is located in the School of Medicine on Grand Avenue approximately one mile south of the main Saint Louis University campus. The Hospital/Medical School complex along with the School of Nursing and Allied Health, constitute the Saint Louis University Health Sciences Center. The Pathology Department occupies one floor of University Hospital and also has research facilities in the School of Medicine and in Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital.

For further information about the graduate program in Pathology, contact
Dr. Jacki Kornbluth
(tel: 314-268-5445