Pathology Program (MA)

The Masters program in Pathology provides training in the biology of disease and injury and the tools for studying it.

Our research focuses on quantitative approaches for mining molecular and cell biological information to obtain insight into the mechanisms underlying pathology and healing processes.

Our program in Pathology provides training in the biology of disease and injury with an emphasis on quantitative approaches for mining molecular and cell biology information.  Research by our faculty employs imaging, genetics, and cellular, molecular and biochemical analyses to examine biological function in a range of organ systems. Data from these varied approaches can be aligned with computational tools in order to gain novel insights into very complex phenomena and yield new understanding of disease mechanisms and treatments. We offer state-of-the-art instruction in both the biological principles and the quantitative methodologies.

The Pathology Program

Our program emphasizes research over didactic study.  Our faculty are engaged in research in cell and developmental biology, systems biology and informatics, bioimaging, and neuroscience.

Research projects tend to be highly interdisciplinary, with faculty collaborations in the Canon Stroke & Vascular Research Center, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, and the Departments of Chemistry, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Computer Science, as well as other departments within the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. To accommodate such diverse interactions, coursework requirements are a kept at a minimum and it is the advisor's responsibility to arrange with the student, at the time of entry, a tentative program of study.

Academic Requirements

Required course work consists of a graduate seminar class and one-semester courses in Cell Biology, Histology, and Introduction to Pathology.   The remainder of the program is developed on an individual basis but, in general, comprises interdisciplinary courses, courses in areas relevant to the student's research, and a substantial thesis prepared under the supervision of a full time department faculty member and committee selected by the student and faculty advisor.

Research or Special Project

The main requirement for the Master's degree in our program is completion a research thesis describing hypothesis-driven experimental work.  The subject of the thesis must fall within the interests and expertise of program faculty, and the scope of the work generally represents the product of 2-3 semesters of effort.  Thus, completion of the program can be expected to take 2 years. 

Course Work

For the Masters program in Pathology, a typical curriculum follows this pattern:

Year 1

Fall  Semester

  • Departmental seminar (1 credit)
  • Histology or Microscopic Anatomy with an Introduction to Computation Methods (5 credits)
  • Cell Biology or other advisor-mandated or elective course (3-4 credits)
  • Research (3-7 credits) – explore research topic(s) and identify thesis advisor

Spring Semester

  • Departmental seminar (1 credit)
  • Principles of General Pathology and Basic Disease Mechanisms (1 credit)
  • Other elective or advisor-mandated course (3-4 credits)
  • Research (3-7 credits) – begin focused work on thesis/project


  • Research

Year 2

Fall Semester

  • Departmental seminar (1 credit)
  • Cell Biology if needed (4 credits)
  • Other elective or advisor-mandated course (3-4 credits)
  • Research (3-11 credits) – – continue thesis/project research

Submit "Application to Candidacy"

Spring Semester

  • Departmental seminar (1 credit)
  • Neuroscience 1 or Quantitative Neuroanatomy or other elective course (optional)
  • Research credits as needed to reach 30; complete thesis/project research

Masters Defense

Residency Requirement

Minumun 1 year full-time.

Contact Us

Director of Graduate Studies

Kolega, John

John Kolega, Ph.D.

Associate Professor / Graduate Program Director

Department of Pathology & Anatomical Sciences Jacobs School Room 4258 955 Main St Buffalo, NY 14203

Phone: (716) 829-3527; Fax: (716) 829-2725


Office Assistant 2

Lannette M. Garcia

Office Assistant 2

Pathology and Anatomical Sciences

955 Main Street, Room 4102, Buffalo, NY 14203-1121

Phone: (716) 829-5204