Department of Pathology

Graduate Program in Experimental Pathology

Program Director

Director: Joan W. Berman, PhD
Phone: 718.430.3194
Fax: 718.430.8541

Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Jack and Pearl Resnick Campus
1300 Morris Park Avenue
Forchheimer Building, Room 727
Bronx, NY 10461


Pathology is a dynamic field that links contemporary molecular and biological approaches with disease processes. Our faculty, students and postdoctoral fellows are performing state-of-the-art research in such areas as Cancer, Alzheimer's disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Immunology, Vascular Disease, Neuro-AIDS, Molecular Genetics and Infectious Diseases, among others. Many of these studies are translational, including a strong clinicial component.


Application Procedure

Graduate ProgramThe application procedure for a PhD is straightforward. Prospective students apply directly to the Division of Biomedical Sciences of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, not to a specific department. This allows students to explore many areas of research before choosing one of more than 200 labs in which to conduct their thesis work. Prior to choosing a department for their PhD studies, students have an opportunity to rotate through three laboratories in any department during their first year.

Applications for the Graduate Division PhD program are available starting August 15, 2019, and are due by December 11. Applications for the MD/PhD program have the same requirements as Einstein’s MD program. 

Application, Academic Transcripts, and Letters of Recommendation must be submitted using the online application process. Admission decisions are made by considering applications individually, weighing grades, GRE scores, reference letters, and a personal interview. All application information and answers to Frequently Asked Questions can be found here.


Stipend, Tuition and Benefits

Accepted PhD and MD/PhD students receive the following benefits:

  • $35,000 annual stipend.
  • Full tuition remission and free individual health insurance.
  • A low cost of living. The monthly rent at the student residence complex—directly across the street from campus—ranges from about $460 for a studio to $747 for a two-bedroom apartment. Students can further reduce living costs by sharing an apartment.
  • Free membership to the athletic facility. 

Requirements for a PhD in Pathology

Graduate Program 

A. Courses 

Candidates for the PhD Degree in Pathology will be expected to obtain a broad and strong foundation in the biological sciences. Course requirements include Mechanisms of Disease, Graduate Biochemistry, and one of these three: Molecular Genetics, Gene Expression or Molecular and Cellular Biology.

Additional courses will be selected depending upon individual interests and needs, and with the advice of the Student Advisory Committee. At least two courses per semester should be taken during the first two years. All students in the PhD program will graduate with a minimum of seven courses. The Graduate Division offers a mandatory Grant Writing Course that will prepare students for the qualifying exam and for writing future grant applications.

B. Qualifying Examination 

Students are required to take a qualifying exam after they have completed the first two years of course work. Students select a thesis project with their mentor and write a brief grant application in which background, methods and proposed experiments are outlined. Students also defend this proposal orally before a qualifying exam committee that consists of four faculty members.

C. Rotations 

Rotations in three laboratories in any department are strongly advised during the first year. Students may also be permitted to undertake research in collaboration with faculty in other departments.

D. Other Requirements 

Poster SessionThe departmental PhD Committee will constitute the Advisory Committee until the student chooses a Thesis Problem. A thesis advisory committee will then be established and will follow the Sue Golding requirements.

The Departmental Works-in-Progress meets every Friday. Seminars are held Tuesdays at noon during the academic year. 

Attendance at these activities is required. Additional seminars in specific areas are also offered.

Students are required to present a seminar as part of their thesis defense. The thesis defense will follow the seminar and will be conducted by a committee composed of six members, at least two of whom will be faculty from the Pathology Department and the remainder from other departments. One outside reviewer from another institution must also be included.  


Departmental Activities

  • Weekly departmental work-in-progress presentations (pizza served)
  • Student-invited speaker program, in which students host nationally noted speakers and have dinner with the speaker
  • Special grant writing course
  • Annual departmental retreat at the New York Botanical Garden featuring student and fellow poster sessions and talks and a high-profile student-invited speaker
  • Pathology Department-sponsored seminar program
  • Monthly dessert parties for students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty

Albert Einstein College of Medicine offers many different clubs and activities including Social Clubs, Community Service Programs, Intramural Sports, and Faculty-Student Mixers. Our doctoral candidates frequently interact with the Medical and MSTP students in laboratory collaborations, school sponsored programs, and socially. Whether a student is looking for a ride to the airport, a hot baseball ticket, or an important reagent, our school Graduate Student Server keeps all of our students closely in touch by email.

Many of our students have gone on to outstanding post-doctoral fellowships at major medical centers to further their training. Our graduates have become faculty at high quality universities or medical centers, while some have received excellent positions in industry.

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