The Department of Pathology has a strong focus on basic science and clinical research. Our research principle, followed since the establishment of the University of Washington School of Medicine, is that research based on the most modern methods and the up to date knowledge of basic sciences is an essential component of an academic department of pathology. This is particularly true at the present time when new discoveries generated by basic biomedical research are applied to pathology practice. The research done by our faculty has received high recognition both nationally and internationally. The Department of Pathology at the University of Washington is among the top two recipients of NIH funds for research grants among the departments of pathology in the country. The total research funds exceed 25 million dollars per year and continue to steadily increase. Research work is particularly active in cardiovascular biology, cancer and DNA repair, tissue regeneration, aging, Alzheimer’s disease, among others. Faculty in the Department direct multi-investigator program projects in atherosclerosis, the biology of the arterial wall, gene action in aging, Alzheimer’s disease and the pathogenesis of hepatitis C chronic liver disease. A program project on Werner’s syndrome is expected to be funded later this year. In addition, our faculty are key members of grant supported research at the O’Brien Center for the Study of Renal Disease, the Center for Biomaterial and in a joint project with FHCRC faculty on the molecular biology and epidemiology of colon and pancreatic cancers. Faculty of the Department also direct NIH supported training grants in Environmental Pathology and Toxicology, Cancer Pathogenesis, Aging, Vascular Biology.
Basic research fellowships may be available. Individuals interested in continued study should contact the principal investigator for a particular research project.