Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology

Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

Welcome to this website which provides an overview of the Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology with its dedicated faculty and staff as well as information on our teaching, research and service activities. The Department was formed by the merger of the Department of Pathology with the Department of Microbiology and Immunology in 2002. The faculty are located in the historic Buildings 1, 2, 3 and 28 at the Dorn Veterans Administration Hospital Campus, as well as in the modern Building 14 at the South Carolina Cancer Center of Palmetto Health Richland Medical Park Campus.

This is an exciting time for our department as it is in the process of undergoing major growth in terms of recruiting new faculty and expanding the facilities. Our faculty are actively involved in providing outstanding training to medical students, undergraduate and graduate students as well as postdoctoral researchers. The department provides a highly interactive environment conducive of intra- and inter-departmental collaborations as well as with scientists in other colleges or schools at our university and also at other institutions on interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research projects. The research programs are well-funded by extramural grant support from federal and private sources that have resulted in high-quality publications in national and international journals as well as presentations at scientific conferences.

The departmental faculty are recognized leaders in their fields as demonstrated by the fact that they are appointed to national and international grant-review committees, hold offices in scientific societies, organize conferences as well as serve on government-appointed committees and scientific editorial boards. The main mission of our department is to provide education and research mentorship in the areas of pathology, microbiology and immunology that will lead to the transformation of trainees into independent scientists in academia capable of training future generations, in industry pursuing applied research, in hospitals providing community service, in government institutions involved in policy decision-making and in biotechnology institutes performing cutting-edge research. Our faculty also direct state-of-the-art cores including the Flow Cytometry and Sorting, Gene Microarray, Oligonucleotide Synthesis and Analysis, Laser Capture Microscopy as well as the Tumor Tissue Bank. We welcome you to take a virtual tour of our department and encourage you to visit us.

Mitzi Nagarkatti, PhD
Carolina Distinguished Professor &
Chair, Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology