The Department is dedicated to training the next generation of practicing and experimental pathologists. To capitalize on the unique position of the Pathology Department's relationships with clinical and basic research departments, our research effort has a strong translational focus, and is home to federally funded investigator-initiated clinical trials – a true manifestation of a bench to bedside approach of medical investigations. The major theme of our Research Section is a unique fusion of molecular epidemiology and pathology. A novel Section of Transdisciplinary Pathology helps integrate research throughout the College of Medicine and the other Health Science Colleges. The Department hosts Core Laboratories in advanced tissue imaging techniques and research histology including immunohistochemistry, in-situ hybridization, tissue microarrays and laser capture micro-dissection. Together with Cancer Center, we house a Tissue Biorepository and will be developing shared virtual tissue banks with other academic centers.