PhD in Medical Sciences Concentrations

Pathology & Cell Biology

The concentration in Pathology & Cell Biology in the PhD Program in Integrated Biomedical Sciences is focused on interdisciplinary approaches to the study of cancer, reproductive pathobiology, neurological disease & injury and related diseases. These related diseases include cancer biology, angiogenesis, morphogenesis, gene discovery, neurobiology, cell biology, and new educational technologies. Training will include a unique interdisciplinary blend of didactic coursework, journal clubs, seminar series, as well as significant research experience. The mission of the Department of Pathology & Cell Biology is to strive for excellence in teaching, research, academic service and patient care. 


The curriculum for the PhD in Medical Sciences can be found in the Graduate Catalog. A sample of courses offered within the Pathology & Cell Biology concentration is listed below.  

  • Pathology of Human Cancer
  • Basic Medical Histology
  • Basic Medical Anatomy
  • Cancer Biology
  • Basic Medical Pathology
  • Biochemical Pathology
  • Forensic Pathology
  • Advanced Neuroanatomy

Graduate Catalog

Faculty & Research

Current research interests include: 

  • Angiogenesis 
  • Brain Cancer 
  • Cancer Biomarkers
  • Cancer Pathobiology
  • Tumor Immunology
  • Women’s Cancers
  • Neurobiology
  • Genitourinary Oncology

Learn more about our faculty and their research here

Affiliated Institutes & Facilities

James A. Haley Veterans Hospital
H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center 

Concentration Spotlights


Emily Palumbo next to microscope
2017 - Emily Palumbo, won first place in the health sciences category in the 2017 Statewide Graduate Student Research Symposium. Read more

Recent Publications 

  • Kathiriya JJ, Pathak RR, Bezginov A, Xue B, Uversky VN, Tillier ER, Davé V. Data on evolution of intrinsically disordered regions of the human kinome and contribution of FAK1 IDRs to cytoskeletal remodeling. Data in brief. 10: 315-324, 2017.
  • Quarni W, Lungchukiet P, Tse A, Wang P, Sun Y, Kasiappan R, Wu JY, Zhang X, Bai W. RIPK1 binds to vitamin D receptor and decreases vitamin D-induced growth suppression. The Journal of steroid biochemistry and molecular biology. : , 2017. 
  • DiGiovanni EL, Champeaux AL, Arroyo MR, Richter JE. Esophageal Eosinophilia Treated With Long-Duration Proton Pump Inhibitor Therapy. ACG case reports journal. 3(2) : 95-7, 2016. 

More Information

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Please note, students do not apply directly to a concentration. Interested students should submit an application for the PhD in Medical Sciences. Concentrations are typically selected during the first year of study.