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MCOM Graduate & Postdoctoral Affairs

PhD in Medical Sciences Concentrations

Pathology & Cell Biology

DNA strands and cells floating
The concentration in Pathology & Cell Biology in the Medical Sciences PhD Program 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, students, and their research interests below. 

Current Faculty & Students  

Affiliated Institutes & Facilities

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

Concentration Spotlights

Saulius Sumanas uses versatile fish model system to study how regulation of gene activity affects blood vessel growth

Yin Q, Han T, Fang B, Zhang G, Zhang C, Roberts ER, Izumi V, Zheng M, Jiang S, Yin X, Kim M, Cai J, Haura EB, Koomen JM, Smalley KSM, Wan L. K27-linked ubiquitination of BRAF by ITCH engages cytokine response to maintain MEK-ERK signaling. Nat Commun. 2019 Apr 23;10(1):1870. doi: 10.1038/s41467-019-09844-0. PMID: 31015455; PMCID: PMC6478693.

More Information

For information about the Medical Sciences PhD Program, contact 813-974-2836 or

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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.