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Comparative Molecular Pathology Research Training Program

Opportunities for training in veterinary pathology, molecular pathology, and biomedical research from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Interdisciplinary training in:

  • Veterinary pathology, including NHP and/or rodent pathology
  • Human pathology
  • Molecular biology
  • Medical research

Training leads to a Ph.D. and eligibility for certification as a veterinary pathologist.

Leading Veterinary Medicineís Next Contribution to the Publicís Health

Today the concept of One Medicine is highlighting a call for increased integration of veterinary medicine among other biomedical scientific disciplines. Interdisciplinary training as a veterinary pathologist and comparative biomedical scientist sets the stage for a fulfilling career exploring challenges in detecting and understanding the biology of diseases.

The Center for Cancer Research (CCR), National Cancer Institute (NCI), has developed a Comparative Molecular Pathology Training Program incorporating veterinary medicine and pathology with training in human biomedical research.

Participating NIH Institutes:

  • National Cancer Institute (NCI)
  • National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
  • National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
  • National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
  • National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)

Training support includes:

  • Attractive stipend
  • University tuition
  • Health insurance
  • Research project resources
  • Allowance for relocation to NIH
  • Other training support

5 to 6 years support in both the university (approximately 2 years) and NIH (approximately 3 years) phases of the program.

Graduate Partnership Program (GPP) Universities:

North Carolina State University
Program in Comparative Biomedical Sciences

Michigan State University
Program in Pathobiology and Diagnostic Investigation

University of Illinois
Program in Comparative Pathology

University of Maryland
Program in Veterinary Medical Sciences

Purdue University
Program in Comparative Pathobiology


  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents with DVM or equivalent from a recognized college
  • Must have less than 5 years relevant postdoctoral experience
  • Open to those initiating pathology training as well as current pathology residents from any recognized DVM program
  1. Apply online at - Select Apply for Institutional Partnerships
  2. Apply separately to each University Partnership Graduate School of interest for graduate admission and pathology training

Fellowships typically begin July 1.

Careers in research, teaching, academia, product development, diagnostic pathology, toxicologic pathology, disease surveillance, biodefense, and others.

Educational Benefits:

Combines the unique training strengths from both leading university diagnostic pathology and graduate programs with training at the NIH

  • University courses and PhD guidance committee
  • University and NIH training in veterinary pathology
  • More than 8 ACVP-certified NIH pathologists
  • More than 6 veterinary pathology trainees at NIH
  • Interact with MD pathologists-in-training
  • Core research technology resources
  • NIH Graduate Partnership Program student office
  • NCI molecular pathology training curriculum
  • Research faculty and resources of the NIH: NCI, NIAID, NIDDK, NHLBI, and NINDS

Phenomenal basic, translational and clinical research opportunities allow for integration across classic disciplines, including:

Degenerative diseases
Renal diseases
Cancer prevention
Molecular pathology
Molecular targets
Infectious diseases
Emerging infections

Cardiopulmonary disease
Hematologic diseases
Neurological disorders
Endocrine disorders
Cardiac energetics
Pathogenesis and animal models
Vascular biology, disease and remodeling
Cell, stem cell and developmental biology

Center for Cancer Research, NCI Partnership Directors

R. Mark Simpson, D.V.M., Ph.D., Diplomate A.C.V.P.
Comparative Molecular Pathology Unit
NCI Center for Cancer Research
Tel: 301.435.6275

Jonathan S. Wiest, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Office of Training and Education
NCI Center for Cancer Research
Tel: 301.451.9638

Dr. Joshua D. Webster
Comparative Molecular Pathology Unit
NCI Center for Cancer Research
Tel: 301.402.0475