The UW Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine has a rich and productive history of fostering excellence in research through interdisciplinary collaborations between physicians and researchers. Together, these investigators have provided a better understanding of the pathogenesis of diseases and have developed new diagnostic and treatment procedures. Current areas under investigation include diverse topics in the immunology of infectious diseases, neuro-immunology, Alzheimer disease, cancer, glaucoma and hematopoietic stem cells. More than thirty faculty members are actively working on mechanistic, translational or clinical research projects. In 2018, this research was supported by more than $14M in federal funding.

Our research laboratories span across several facilities including the Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research, the Clinical Sciences Center, the AIDS Vaccine Research Laboratory, the Primate Center and the Medical Sciences Center. Our Cellular and Molecular Pathology graduate program has been funded with a prestigious National Institutes of Health T32 training grant since 2010 to provide predoctoral graduate training in cellular and molecular pathogenesis of human diseases. Our Translational Research Initiatives in Pathology (TRIP) core laboratory offers investigators across campus state-of-the-art experimental pathology support. Services include high-quality histology, immunohistochemistry (IHC), advanced morphometry and image analysis, tissue microarray (TMA) construction and molecular pathology on a fee for service basis.

Board-certified pathologists participate in the disease-oriented teams (DOT) of the UWCCC and are available to collaborate on research projects with clinical or basic scientists.