Oversite of the Graduate Program in Pathobiology and Translational Science is provided by the Graduate Executive Committee, which reports directly to the Chair of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine through the Director of the graduate program, who serves as the Executive Committee Chair. The Executive Committee is populated by faculty members who actively work and teach in the graduate program, and who have a long-term interest in working with graduate students. The administration of the Graduate Program is provided by the Director of Graduate Studies and the Associate Director of Graduate Studies. The Director of Graduate Studies and the Associate Director of Graduate Studies are assisted by the Graduate Student Coordinator.
Associate Director of Graduate Studies - Cyrus Vaziri, Ph.D.
The Graduate Executive Committee is responsible for issues and events related to graduate education, and it is poised to make recommendations to the Chair of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine in overseeing the successful operations of the Graduate Program. The Executive Committee is composed of the Director, Associate Director, Past Director, Qualifying Exam Representative, Education Representative, At Large Representative, and two Student Representatives.
The Education Representative, who chairs an ad hoc Education Committee when necessary for matters related to those listed below, advises the Director of Graduate Studies and Executive Committee in matters pertaining to different aspects of the education/training of graduate students. These may include (but are not restricted to) the core curriculum, scheduling of graduate courses, creation or deletion of graduate courses from the catalog, input upon request on the nomination of graduate faculty to serve on dissertation committees, and other matters pertaining to academics. Ad hoc committees, when formed, consist of Pathobiology and Translational Medicine graduate faculty who are active in the teaching and research mentoring of graduate students.
The Qualifying Examination Representative is responsible for the comprehensive written examination taken by our second year graduate students. The Representative serves as the chair of an ad hoc committee formed annually that gathers examination questions from the faculty, prepares, administers and grades the exam, and reports final grades to the Director of Graduate Studies. The ad hoc committee members are five to seven in number, and are Pathobiology and Translational Medicine graduate faculty who are active in the teaching and research mentoring of graduate students.
The At Large Representative is a Pathobiology and Translational Medicine graduate faculty member who is active in the teaching and research mentoring of graduate students, and the Student Representatives are current graduate students. These representatives provide additional insight and perspective regarding issues relevant to the Executive Committee.