Pathology & Laboratory Medicine

Pathology, the study of disease, integrates all aspects of biomedical science to further the understanding of disease processes and develop methods for diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of disease. This department focuses particularly on the biology, genetics, and immunology of cancer, and on neurologic disorders. It offers multiple research and training opportunities in experimental and applied pathology, and has a diverse faculty composed of core and joint members.

Current foci of research by departmental faculty and students include:

  • Disorders of brain development and normal aging
  • Disorders of cell cycle and cell signaling in the pathogenesis and progression of cancer
  • Normal and abnormal immunological responses to infectious agents and environmental toxins and to other stimuli
  • Development of immunotherapies for cancer and infectious diseases

Training programs offered by the department include:

Our department is committed to providing excellence in diagnostic pathology, in biomedical research, and in graduate and medical education.


School of Medicine: 617-638-4500,

Graduate Studies

  • Nader Rahimi, PhD, Director of Graduate Program:
  • Chris Andry, MPhil, PhD, Co-Director of Graduate Program; Vice Chair for Operations & Management, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine:
  • Debra Kiley, BA, Graduate Program Coordinator/Administrator: 617-414-7914 or

Residency Training

  • Dr. Carl O’Hara, Director of the Residency Training Program:
  • Debra Kiley, BA, BMC Residency Coordinator: 617-414-7914

Application information and forms for the Graduate Programs are available through the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences.