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Pathology, Ph.D.

Saint Louis University’s graduate doctoral program in pathology, offered at the School of Medicine, prepares you for a research career in medicine, government, industry or academics.

About the Program

SLU’s Department of Pathology offers a graduate doctoral program in molecular pathobiology — the cellular and biochemical study of disease. Our faculty work closely with graduate students, helping you acquire the academic background and practical laboratory skills you will need in your future career. Excellent research facilities for cellular and molecular studies in pathobiology are available, including fluorescence and confocal microscopy. SLU also offers facilities to explore flow cytometry, tissue culture, video image analysis, laser capture microdissection and an electron microscopy (EM) lab equipped with both scanning and transmission microscopes.

Research Collaborations

Pathology graduate students at SLU have opportunities and exposure to technical skills and research expertise through research collaborations SLU’s pathology faculty maintain with colleagues in the academic and industrial community. As both a basic science and clinical department, SLU’s pathology faculty have diverse interests and expertise, from the bench to the bedside. The department stresses close interactions among students, their mentors and the graduate steering committee to foster your intellectual and scientific growth.


Contact for Program Details

Inquiries should be sent to:

Jacki Kornbluth, Ph.D.
Professor of Pathology
Director of Ph.D. Program

Saint Louis University
Department of Pathology
1402 South Grand Blvd.
St. Louis, MO  63104

Phone:  314-977-9296 

Program Highlights

SLU’s Department of Pathology actively integrates research into the mechanisms of diseases at the genetic, molecular, and cellular levels with clinical activities. While ensuring an increasing understanding of human diseases, this provides the foundation for further developments in diagnosis and therapy. To support these fundamental activities, we provide extensive research and training opportunities to graduate students and medical trainees.

Curriculum and Program Details

All students interested in SLU’s Ph.D. program in pathology must enroll through the core graduate program in biomedical sciences. This one-year program provides a strong basic foundation in biomedical sciences and allows you to rotate through four formal laboratory rotations in SLU’s Medical Center before choosing a specific field of study.

After the first year, you will choose a mentor and specify a department from one of five, distinct Ph.D. programs for further work toward your Ph.D. degree. The Ph.D. degree requires 36 credit hours of coursework and 12 credit hours toward 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 coursework, which covers topics in biochemistry, molecular and cellular biology, pathology, genetics, pharmacology, microbiology, immunology and neurobiology. You will also take courses in pathobiology; and research colloquia. Coursework includes lectures, small group problem-solving sessions, student presentations and hands-on experience. Additional elective courses, which may be taken from other departments or from other universities in the area, are selected in collaboration with a departmental adviser to best suit your needs.

Starting in the second year, students present their research progress yearly at Topics in Pathology, the departmental research colloquium. A written preliminary and oral examination is taken at the end of the second year, which focuses primarily on the your proposed area of thesis research.

  • Anping Chen, Ph.D.
  • George Eliceiri, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Grant Kolar, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Jacki Kornbluth, Ph.D.
  • Jane McHowat, Ph.D.
  • Nancy Phillips, M.D.
  • Ratna Ray, Ph.D.
  • Carole Vogler, M.D.
Graduates of SLU’s graduate pathology program are technically skilled and thoughtful scientists prepared for successful research careers in academics, industry, medicine or government.
Tuition and Fees

Saint Louis University takes pride in being one of Barron's Best Buys in College Education and Kiplinger's Best Values in Private Colleges.

For information regarding the upcoming academic year’s tuition rate, fees and financial aid, visit SLU Financial Services.

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Scholarships and Financial Aid

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 a reasonable cost.

Stipends, health benefits and tuition costs are the responsibility of the student's adviser or doctoral program during the final years of his or her graduate study and are most commonly provided by research grants or contracts.

Learn more about scholarships and financial aid.

Applicant Criteria

An undergraduate degree in biology, chemistry or a related subject; advanced biology coursework is recommended.

You’ll need the following items to apply:

Application Requirements

Application form and fee
Three letters of recommendation
GRE G score (GRE S score optional)
Professional goal statement

Requirements for International Students

Assistantship Application Deadline

Students who want to be considered for an assistantship must submit their application by Feb. 1.

Review Process

A committee examines and reviews the applicant and application wholly.