Program Administration

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The administration of the graduate program in Pathobiology and Translational Science is carried out by the Director of Graduate Studies in conjunction with the Graduate Program Administrative Assistant, other Administrators from the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, and three standing committees, including the Executive Committee, the Graduate Education Committee, and the Written Exam Committee.


Director of Graduate Studies - Jonathon Homeister, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Director of Graduate Studies - Cyrus Vaziri, Ph.D.
Chair of the Preliminary Examination Committee - Li Qian, Ph.D.


Standing Committees

The Executive Committee oversees the general administration of the Pathobiology and Translational Science graduate program, provides conflict resolution, and mediates issues that do not clearly fall to one of the other standing committees. The Executive Committee reports directly to the Department Chair. Executive Committee members include the Director of Graduate Studies, the Associate Director of Graduate Studies, the Chair of the Preliminary Examination Committee, and the Vice Chair for Research.

The Graduate Education Committee advises the Director of Graduate Studies in matters pertaining to different aspects of the education/training of graduate students in the Pathobiology and Translational Science graduate program. These may include (but are not restricted to) decisions on core curriculum, scheduling of graduate courses, creation or deletion of graduate courses from the catalog, preparation of doctoral written examinations, input upon request on the nomination of graduate faculty to serve on dissertation committees, etc. These are aspects of the graduate program that are enriched by the participation of the majority of the faculty. Major changes in the program are discussed in special meetings of the graduate faculty, or at teaching retreats. However, the Education Committee serves as a valuable resource to the Director of Graduate Studies throughout the academic year, and facilitates the orderly administration of this graduate program. The membership of this committee represents a cross-section of the faculty with respect to research interests plus two graduate student representatives.

The Preliminary Examination Committee has responsibility for developing and enforcing policies pertaining to the preliminary written examination, and for construction, administration, and grading of the preliminary written examination on an annual basis. This latter activity requires gathering examination questions from the faculty, preparing, administering and grading the exam, and reporting final grades to the Director of Graduate Studies. The committee usually sets the date for this exam during May.


Pathobiology and Translational Science Graduate Program