Department of Pathology

Research Opportunities

 GI Liver Pathology

The newly formed Gastrointestinal/Liver Pathology Service within the section of Surgical Pathology is dedicated to providing cutting edge diagnosis, educating and training residents and fellows, and performing translational and basic research. The GI/liver pathology service works closely with clinicians and researchers in the Montefiore Pediatric and Adult Gastroenterology and Hepatology divisions, the Liver Transplantation Service, and the Marion Bessin Liver Research Center at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Because of the strong commitment by Montefiore and Einstein to excellence in GI/liver patient care and research, there are ample clinical specimens (approximately 25,000 GI/liver biopsy cases and resections per year) to support these efforts, as well as ample opportunities for collaboration with world-class researchers.  [More]


The Hematology, Advanced Coagulation and Protein Separation Laboratories provide state-of-the-art testing for general screening and for diagnostic evaluation of patients with blood abnormalities. The laboratory also performs more complex tests that are used to evaluate patients with coagulation disorders, plasma cell dyscrasias, diagnosis of hemoglobin-opathies, and special hematology tests.

Our goals are to provide a four-month experience that will give you a solid base of knowledge about how all of these tests are performed and interpreted, how clinicians use – and sometimes misuse – these tests, how to communicate results and advice in a way that best serves the patient, how to manage a clinical laboratory, how to think about the tests that we do in a critical and innovative manner, and how to implement new tests.

As a pathology resident in our program, you will rotate through these labs for three consecutive months. The educational experience is then solidified by one month of direct exposure to patients in the Clinical Hematology Consult Service at Montefiore Medical Center. There, you will work with the clinical hematology team and gain first- hand experience in evaluating patients with hematologic complications. [More]


The Microbiology Laboratory of Montefiore Medical Center is a division within the Department of Pathology. The laboratory is responsible for the delivery of the highest level of microbiological and immunological diagnostic services required by the clinicians of Montefiore Medical Center for the diagnosis of infectious diseases and related syndromes.

Microbiology is divided into the following areas: Bacteriology, Mycobacteriology, Mycology, Parasitology, Susceptibility Testing and Serology. The laboratory operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week throughout the year. The Microbiology staff consists of approximately 50 full-time employees, including five supervisors and two doctoral-level, Board-certified directors.  [More]

 Molecular Pathology

The Molecular Pathology rotation is designed to provide the Pathology residents with the basic knowledge of the principles of molecular biology/genetics and applications of molecular techniques to clinical laboratory testing. It covers nucleic acid basics, isolation of nucleic acids, Southern blot analysis, PCR, reverse transcription, real-time PCR, fragment analysis, capillary and gel electrophoresis, melting curve, DNA sequencing, array CGH (comparative genomic hybridization), microarray, assay design, QA/QC issues, interpretation, troubleshooting, etc. The rotation provides hand-on experience. A short and publishable clinical research project is encouraged. [More]


The virology Laboratory at Montefiore Medical Center is a full service State of the Art Facility. Testing for viral diseases including HIV includes molecular based assays, immunodiagnostics as well as a tissue culture laboratory. It is one of the few hospital based laboratories that maintains a tissue culture forth primary isolation of viruses and serves as a satellite lab for the WHO and referral lab for the CDC. While rotating through the Virology laboratory Pathology residents and Infectious Diseases Fellows are offered an opportunity to engage in ongoing research or in a project of their own design. Dr Fox has developed and hosts a seminar in Viral diagnosis for residents and fellows annually at which the latest material in viral diagnosis is presented.

The laboratory is involved in the development and assessment of new molecular and serologic assays as well post market evaluations in unique patient populations. In addition for the past two summers this laboratory, under Dr. Amy Fox’s directorship, has been host to undergraduates participating in the Summer Undergraduate Research Program of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. That work includes includes projects involving sensitivity of HIV assays, diagnostics for Swine Influenza and new diagnostic methods for chlamyia trachomatis. 

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