Department of Pathology

The Department of Pathology is one of the largest Departments in the School of Biological Sciences, and a leading research institution with a yearly research income of £9M. The Department's research seeks to understand - and so ultimately arrest and reverse - disease processes of medical and social significance. The work of the Department is organised into five Divisions: Cell and Molecular Pathology, Immunology, Microbiology and Parasitology, Virology and Molecular Histopathology, split between the University site and Addenbrooke's Hospital, as well as undertaking cross-disciplinary research with colleagues at Research Institutes including the Cambridge Institute for Medical Research and the Hutchison-MRC Institute for Cancer Research.

The Department also has a major yearly commitment in the teaching and training to over 800 undergraduate students of medicine and of veterinary and natural science. In its research laboratories it provides training for over 70 graduate students. Members of the Department also contribute, together with colleagues in the National Health Service and Health Protection Agency, to provision of diagnostic services within Addenbrooke's Hospital and the Anglia Region.

News and Events

Should breast implants come with a health warning?

Newspaper reports suggest that France may be considering health warnings – or even an outright ban – on breast implants, following a cancer scare. Should women be concerned? Dr Suzanne Turner, based in the Department's Division of Molecular Histopathology, looks at the truth behind the headlines. More

We are pleased to announce a number of prestigious awards to members of the Department:

Dr Gillian Fraser, University Senior Lecturer in Cellular and Molecular Microbiology, has just become the first Niccoli Fellow in the Natural Sciences at Queens' College. The Niccoli Fellowship was endowed in 2015 by Dr Demis Hassabis and Dr Teresa Niccoli. Dr Niccoli graduated from Queens' in 1997 with a B.A. in Natural Sciences (Pathology).

In the Virology Division, Dr Andrew Firth has been awarded a Wellcome Trust Senior Fellowship. Dr Lucy Thorne, a researcher in the Division, who is currently in Uganda undertaking some collaborative work, has been awarded a Wellcome Trust Henry Wellcome fellowship. And finally, Sarah Caddy has been awarded a junior research fellowship at Magdalene College. Sarah is an experienced small animal veterinary surgeon, who - despite undertaking a PhD full time – has continued to work as an emergency and critical care clinician at weekends.
See here for more information about the Virology Division.