The University of North Carolina School of Medicine and the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine provide an excellent environment for performance of research on varied topics related to mechanisms of disease pathogenesis. Research laboratories with affiliation to the Environmental Pathology Training Program are housed in the Brinkhous-Bullitt Building, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, Thurston-Bowles Building, the Neuroscience Research Center, the Mary Ellen Jones Building, MacNider Hall, and Rosenau Hall on the UNC campus. Departmental and institutional support facilities include core laboratories for animal clinical chemistry and gene expression, animal models, biostatistics, DNA sequencing, flow cytometry, animal histopathology, microarray-based gene expression analysis, microscopy, oligonucleotide synthesis, proteomics and mass spectroscopy, tissue culture, and other core laboratories in the School of Medicine. In addition to these facilities, the UNC Lineberger Cancer Center offers a number of core facilities to support basic and clinical research. The faculty are associated with a number of different interdisciplinary centers and programs housed within the UNC School of Medicine. Opportunities for collaborative and multidisciplinary research projects are numerous, among investigators from UNC-CH and investigators at nearby research facilities located in Research Triangle Park, including the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, the US Environmental Protection Agency, and numerous pharmaceutical companies.
Basic Research Funding
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ranks in the top 15 nationally among institutions receiving research funds from the NIH. In 2008, UNC-CH was ranked 12th, with $343 million in NIH research funds. Likewise, the UNC School of Medicine is ranked in the top 15 nationally among medical schools receiving NIH research funds. In 2008, the UNC School of Medicine ranked 14th with $225 million in NIH funding. The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine has a long history of competitively funded research programs. The sources of these research funds vary, with the bulk of the funds coming from competitively awarded research grants and contracts from the National Institutes of Health and other federal agencies. In addition, the UNC-CH Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine annually ranks among the top recipients of NIH research funds to pathology departments. The UNC-CH Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine ranked 26th in 2008 nationally among pathology departments receiving NIH research funds. In 2008, the UNC-CH Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine received $8.4 million in research funding from the NIH. Other departments within the UNC School of Medicine that contribute faculty to the Environmental Pathology Training Program are also ranked nationally. For example, the Department of Genetics ranked 4th in 2008 with $17.5 million in NIH funding.
The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at UNC-CH maintains an eclectic faculty in order to carry out diverse departmental functions, including a broad range of teaching responsibilities, active and diverse research programs, laboratory animal medicine services, hospital medical services related to clinical laboratory medicine, diagnostic and forensic pathology, surgical pathology, and cytology. Therefore, the primary focus and range of activities for individual faculty members vary, and may not include direct participation in predoctoral or postdoctoral training, or basic research. Nonetheless, these individuals represent valuable resources to Environmental Pathology trainees. The Environmental Pathology Training Program faculty represent those faculty members that are actively conducting research in areas of interest to environmental pathology. Detailed information on major research groups and research profiles of faculty members whose laboratories offer excellent research environments for training of predoctoral students and postdoctoral fellows can be found by following the links provided. Other faculty members from the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine can be found in the Complete Listing of Pathology Faculty. Environmental Pathology research faculty are associated with the Molecular and Cellular Pathology graduate program, as well as a number of other interdisciplinary centers and programs located at UNC School of Medicine, enhancing opportunities for productive collaborations in research.