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Graduate work in the Pathology Concentration Area includes research at the molecular and cellular level in infectious disease pathogenesis, oncology, toxicology, hematology, and immunology. Research approaches employ a wide variety of molecular, biochemical, pharmacological, and microscopic techniques, utilizing cell culture and whole organisms. Students selecting Pathology will focus on one or more of these areas.

A highly individualized curriculum of study is designed to meet the needs and interests of the student while satisfying selected requirements by the faculty. These include courses in advanced systemic histopathology, toxicologic pathology, avian pathology, and seminar courses in clinical, necropsy, and surgical pathology. Additional courses may be chosen by the student and his/her advisor from a large number of college and university offerings. An appropriate level of competence in diagnostic pathology must be demonstrated by examination before completion of the graduate program.


CBS 795 General Pathology (3 credits)

CBS 810 Seminar in Pathology (1 credit; 3 credits total for doctoral students; minimum 2 credits total for master’s students)

Pathology Participating Faculty

NameEmailConcentrationResearch Emphasis
Erika Immunology, PathologyRegulation of macrophage function
Keith Linderkelinder@ncsu.eduPathologySkin Pathology, Comparative Pathology
Luke Borstlbborst@ncsu.eduPathologyPathogenic Enterococcus Cecorum, Enterococcal Spondylitis (Kinky Back)
Mac Lawjmlaw@ncsu.eduPathologyMechanistic investigations using histopathology, molecular biology, and analytical techniques
Matthew Cell Biology, PathologyGenetics, genomics, comparative aspects of animal and human health.
Steven Sutersesuter@ncsu.eduCell Biology, Immunology, Infectious Diseases, PathologyGenetics and Therapy of Cancer
Tal Infectious Diseases, Pathology Research in my lab focuses on the ecology and epidemiology of infectious diseases in coastal marine ecosystems.