Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Pathology Graduate Program is to develop our students into independent scientists prepared to pursue a diversity of careers.  The end goal is for our graduates to be capable of elucidating the mechanisms and origins of human disease at the molecular and/or organismal level.  

Pathology PhD Graduate program

Welcome to Duke Pathology! See why applicants choose our PhD Graduate program, what makes them want to stay, and the opportunities they pursue after graduating. Students in the program have the unique ability to do research in the basic sciences as well as in the translational sciences.

Experimental Pathology

In 1858, the great pathologist Rudolf Virchow wrote a book entitled "Cellular Pathology."  In this book Virchow formulated his concept that changes in cells accounted for diseases in organs. Subsequently, Virchow postulated the response to injury model of atherosclerosis. Today, a revolution in our knowledge of vascular injury has essentially supported Virchow's concept of atherosclerosis. 

Diversity and Inclusion

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The Pathology PhD Program seeks to align with the SOM Moments to Movement Strategic Plan.

Application Process

Graduate students are admitted to the Pathology program through on-line applications to the Graduate School. 


The department offers a program of studies leading to the Ph.D. degree. Students generally enter the program with a bachelor’s degree in science, or with a masters or advanced degree in medicine or veterinary science.

Minority Outreach/Training

The Duke Pathology PhD Program is strongly committed to promoting diversity at all levels in the biological sciences.

PhD Graduate Faculty & Research

The Graduate Program in Experimental Pathology has Primary and Secondary Research Faculty whose primary work falls in three areas of research.

Student Resources

The Duke ideal for graduate education is a small number of superior students working closely with esteemed scholars.


The graduate program in the Department of Pathology was established in the early 1960's with the goal to train investigators to understand and solve fundamental problems in experimental pathology.



Soman Abraham, PhD
Director of Graduate Studies