Research in the Department of Pathology

The Department of Pathology has a strong focus on basic science and clinical research. As we train the next generation of investigators and continue to nurture and foster novel discoveries by our faculty, the Department remains committed to its mission of improving the health of the public.

The research done by our faculty has received high recognition both nationally and internationally, and the Department is annually among the top recipients of NIH funding for research grants among the various departments of pathology in the country with nearly $28.2 million received in 2015.

Research centers in the department focus on Alzheimer’s disease, the biology of aging, cardiovascular biology with a focus on heart regeneration, DNA replication and neoplasia, and Parkinson’s disease.

UW Medicine Pathology faculty are investigators on a wide array research projects and programs that span from basic research to clinical trials.  Faculty direct multi-investigator research programs in Alzheimer's disease, cardiovascular biology, DNA repair, gene action in aging, Nathan Shock Center of Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging, and Parkinson's disease. In addition, our faculty are key members of several research programs including the Healthy Aging and Longevity Institute, Heart Regeneration Program, Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine, Breast Cancer SPORE, Prostate Cancer SPORE, the O’Brien Center for the Study of Renal Disease, the Center for Biomaterial and a joint project with FHCRC faculty on the molecular biology and epidemiology of colon and pancreatic cancers. UW Medicine Pathology faculty are directors of NIH supported training grants in Aging, Environmental Pathology and Toxicology, Molecular Medicine, and Vascular Biology as well as the multi-departmental Medical Scientist Training Program.