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Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

Pathology at New York Medical College supports multiple research laboratories at the New York Medical College campus in Westchester County, and diagnostic anatomic and clinical pathology laboratories in its major teaching hospital, Westchester Medical Center. It is heavily involved in teaching medical students at New York Medical College, and offers a range of pre-doctoral graduate programs in experimental pathology at the Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences. In addition to post-doctoral programs at the Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences, the Department offers accredited residencies in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology for qualified medical school graduates at Westchester Medical Center.

Microbiology and Immunology at New York Medical College strives to achieve excellence in our missions related to research, graduate and postdoctoral training and medical education. The Department of Microbiology and Immunology currently consists of 13 faculty members in addition to research and support staff and graduate/medical students. Faculty research programs span bacterial, viral, and parasite pathogenesis, vaccine and diagnostic development, immunology and cancer. The department has recently undergone expansion by adding new faculty with a strong research focus on host pathogen interactions as well as emerging vector-borne diseases. Pathogens currently studied in the Department include Borrelia, Babesia, Francisella, Yersinia, Streptococci, Toxoplasma gondii, influenza, Dengue, Chikungunya, and Zika. Cancer research spans thyroid cancer, melanoma, and breast cancer focused on molecular pathogenesis, diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers and actionable therapeutic targets, as well as immunotherapeutic vaccines and chimeric antigen receptor modified natural killer cells (CARS) for immunotherapy of B cell lymphomas. The Department boasts significant collaborations with clinical departments that promote bench-to-bedside translational research. Departmental research support is provided by a variety of sources including: the National Institute of Health, U.S. Department of Health (BARDA) Department of Defense, New York State, private foundations and biomedical corporations.

Research Laboratories

Pathology research laboratories of the Department are located in the Basic Science Building on the New York Medical College campus. Faculty research programs, supported by federal and industrial grants, include studies of mechanisms of biochemical toxicology, cancer cell biology, cell-cycle regulation and apoptosis, mechanisms underlying cell dysfunction after neurologic trauma, chemical carcinogenesis, free-radical pathobiology, hypersensitivity and chronic inflammation, molecular genetics of hypertension, Lyme disease, tuberculosis, and tissue engineering. Departmental faculty are also active collaborators in a number of national and international research programs.

Microbiology and Immunology research laboratories of the Department is housed in the Basic Science Building in 12,500 sq ft of space. They are well equipped for modern molecular microbiology and immunology research and includes a Biosafety level-3 laboratory. Core equipment within the Department includes a Nikon Tie inverted fluorescence microscope with motorized xy and z stage equipped for deconvolution and extended live cell imaging, a Miltenyi Biotec MACSQuant cell analyzer and Applied Biosystems 7900 HT Real-time PCR system (Taqman). 

Academic Programs

Teaching is an important component of departmental activity. Besides providing major courses for the medical school curriculum in the second and fourth years, the Department offers Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) programs in Experimental Pathology as well as in microbiology and immunology, residencies in anatomic and clinical pathology and an annual course on safety assessment of medicines.

Flexible interdisciplinary graduate pathology programs leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are offered in the Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences. These programs focus on a comprehensive study of the pathogenesis of human disease including those related to degradation of the environment. Didactic courses are designed to foster analytical problem-solving based on a secure knowledge of the fundamentals of cellular and molecular biology, biochemistry, and systemic pathology as well as on the biological effects of environmental pollutants and their role in the pathogenesis of environmentally caused disease.

The Department offers the Ph.D. and M.S. degrees.

Microbiology and immunology faculty have teaching responsibilities in the School of Medicine (SOM) that include:

There are also opportunities for post-doctoral training.