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 sepsis, inflammation, allergens, and 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.


Our department’s mission is to bridge basic and clinical sciences in the study, teaching, and diagnosis of disease.


The departmental faculty teach Medical Immunology and General Pathology (Disease and Therapy) to medical students in the four-year program. The department also offers a combined MD/PhD degree that is integrated with the four-year medical program. The residency training program provides a combined anatomic and clinical pathology pathway to American Board of Pathology certification. The department also currently holds an NIH training grant that provides two years of fellowship training in basic science investigation of the Immunobiology of Trauma.

We offer:

  • Graduate programs for MA, PhD, and MD/PhD students, with training opportunities in several tracks: experimental pathology, interdepartmental pathology—immunology, interdepartmental pathology—cell and molecular biology, and pathology—neuroscience.
  • Pathology residency program with training opportunities in clinical and anatomic pathology, and fellowship training in subspecialties, both centered in the Division of Pathology, Boston Medical Center.

Affiliated Laboratories, Centers, and Cores


Our department is committed to providing excellence in diagnostic pathology, in biomedical research, and in graduate and medical education. For further information, please contact the BU Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine at 617-414-7914 or; or BMC residency at 617-414-5314.

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