Program in Pathobiology and Molecular Medicine College of Medicine University of Cincinnati

Program in Pathobiology and Molecular Medicine College of Medicine University of Cincinnati

Cincinnati, OH
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February 18
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3 Degrees Offered
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Doctor of Philosophy in Pathobiology and Molecular Medicine at the University of Cincinnati

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Pathobiology and Molecular Medicine at the University of Cincinnati provides an in-depth understanding of pathology and internal medicine. Its program of study combines investigative research in the biomedical sciences with knowledge about human disease and the challenges of providing effective treatment.

Administered through the College of Medicine, the program is ideal for people with undergraduate degrees in the biological sciences who are interested in applied medical science. Medical doctors, medical laboratory technicians, and veterinarians who want to earn research degrees are also admitted to the program.

Students receive a generous financial aid package that includes a stipend of $26,000 to $28,000 per year, complete tuition remission, and health insurance.

Comprehensive curriculum

The PhD in Pathobiology & Molecular Medicine is typically a five-year program with the following curriculum and schedule:

- Year One: Completion of core courses, research rotations and an optional applied science rotation during the summer semester
- Year Two: Beginning of the dissertation research lab
- Year Three: Continuation of the dissertation research lab
- Year Four: Continuation of the dissertation research lab
- Year Five: Continuation of the dissertation research lab

Core coursework is comprised of a series of laboratories and lectures about basic cellular and molecular biology and the molecular mechanisms of human disease. Additional coursework consists of elective courses and two to three research laboratory rotations that reflect students' research interests.

Diverse independent research opportunities

At the beginning of Year Two, students select a laboratory and start working on their independent research projects. They can choose from about 40 faculty-led laboratories that conduct research in five areas:

- Cardiovascular & Lipid Disorders
- Digestive & Kidney Disease
- Endocrine, Metabolic, & Bone Disorders
- Hematology/Oncology
- Immunology & Infectious Diseases

Because students' projects might span more than one focus area, their thesis committees recommend research and clinical seminars in the area(s) that likely complement their research activities.

Accomplished faculty members

Pathobiology and molecular medicine faculty members are accomplished clinicians and researchers whose work is published in peer-reviewed journals.

Professor David Askew, PhD examines how the opportunistic pathogen, Aspergillus fumigatus, survives in the host environment. This understanding can be used to develop therapies that improve patient outcomes.

Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine Trisha Wise-Draper, MD, PhD conducts research regarding "translational mechanisms of therapeutic resistance and biomarkers in cancer." Her laboratory focuses on identifying novel targets, potential biomarkers of resistance, and new treatments that reduce treatment toxicity and improve the outcomes of patients with head and neck cancer.

Commitment to cutting-edge research

The College of Medicine's robust research enterprise receives national recognition. According to "U.S. News and World Report," it ranks among the top 40 medical schools for research. It's also a member of the Clinical and Translational Science Award Institution Consortium.

The college is committed to conducting translational research in which discoveries made in laboratories and through clinical trials are used to create new treatments that improve patient outcomes.

Four institutes form the foundation of its research, which is conducted in 22 medical departments and the following research facilities:

- Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
- Cincinnati Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center
- Medical Sciences Building
- Metabolic Diseases Institute
- Vontz Center for Molecular Studies

Promising employment outlook

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics projected that employment of medical scientists will grow 8% from 2014 to 2024, which is as fast as the average for all occupations. Alumni of the PhD in Pathobiology & Molecular Medicine program have obtained medical scientists and other medical-related positions including the following:

- Associate/assistant professor
- Chief of staff
- Clinical scientist
- Director
- Librarian
- Medical writer
- Microbiologist
- Post-doctoral fellow
- Research associate
- Research instructor
- Research manager
- Senior scientist

Rewarding student life

The University of Cincinnati provides a friendly environment, abundant resources, and comprehensive support. Thus, graduate students have everything they need to achieve academic success, create personal growth, and enjoy a rewarding social life.


Support services include career development, childcare, counseling and psychological, disability, health, and housing. Academic resources include testing and library services. Enrichment resources consist of ethnic programs and services, campus ministries, community service opportunities, and graduate student organizations. Recreational opportunities include art exhibitions and performances, fitness programs and intramural sports, and movies and social events.

About the University of Cincinnati

Founded in 1819, the University of Cincinnati (UC) is a top academic and public research institution. It has 44,000 students, 14 colleges, and hundreds of academic programs. Innovation is central to its academic and research success. Throughout the years, UC people created the idea of cooperative education, defeated polio, and invented the first antihistamine and electronic organ.  


According to "U.S. News & World Report's" rankings, the University of Cincinnati is among the best national universities, Best Colleges for Veterans, Best Value Schools, Top Public Schools, and Best Medical Schools for primary care and research. The Princeton Review ranked it among the Best 382 Colleges, Best Midwestern Colleges, and top green colleges.

Location & Contact

Program in Pathobiology and Molecular Medicine

College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati

231 Albert Sabin Way
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0529
United States

Dr. Phil Owens


Phone: 513-558-3428

Heather Anderson

Program Manager

Phone: 513-558-7113
Fax: 513-558-2289

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Degrees & Awards

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Pathology Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) [anatomic pathology]
      Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) [laboratory medicine]
      Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) [pathobiology and molecular medicine]
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees 1
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? No
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? No
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Thesis Required and qualifying exam
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


16% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 65
    • Accepted 11
    • Acceptance Rate 16
    • Enrolled 7
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $65
    • Application Fee - International $65
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline February 18th Not Reported Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesNot Reported
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableFellowships, Research Assistantships, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students19
    • Female Percentage79%
    • Male Percentage21%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students19
    • Part-time Percentage11%
    • Full-time Percentage89%
  • Race/Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino0%
    • Black / African American16%
    • White / Caucasian79%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian0%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown or International Student5%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchCardiovascular and lipid disorders, digestive and kidney disease, endocrine and metabolic disorders, hematologic and oncogenic, immunology and infectious disease
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported



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