Division of Experimental Pathology

Division Director

Dr. Monga
Satdarshan (Paul) Singh Monga, MD
  • Professor of Pathology and Medicine
  • Endowed Chair of Experimental Pathology

Research Activities

The Division of Experimental Pathology is composed of basic, translational and clinical scientists in the department of Pathology with the sole intention of investigating cellular and molecular basis of human health and disease. The division consists of primary and affiliated members belonging to other divisions and institutes within the University of Pittsburgh. This division essentially represents the basic and translational research component of the Department of Pathology. In addition, the division members play a central role in the education of trainees at various levels. Eventually, the division members hold key service responsibilities both nationally and university-wide, playing important roles in policy- and decision-making, implementation and regulation.

Mission Statement

Striving for improved human health by better understanding of cellular and molecular processes through applied research in disease etiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis and treatment.

Key Areas of Research

Res Overview

Teaching Activities

Faculty members teach the following graduate courses:
  • Molecular Mechanisms of Tissue Growth and Differentiation (Bell, Lagasse)
  • Cancer Biology and Therapeutics (Locker)
  • Basics of Personalized Medicine (Mars)
  • Pathology Research Seminar (Mars)
  • Angiogenesis (Mars)
  • Cell Therapy (Soto-Gutierrez)
  • Stem Cells (Monga, Nejak-Bowen)
  • Research Seminar: Regenerative Medicine (CATER Seminar) (Monga, Duncan)

Faculty members also lecture in several other graduate courses.

Training Activities

Predoctoral Training

Several predoctoral students are currently training in the labs of Experimental Pathology faculty. Most of the division members are associated with Cellular and Molecular Pathology Graduate program of the Interdisciplinary Biomedical Graduate Program of the School of Medicine. The training encompasses bench research, weekly lab meetings, journal clubs, seminars, workshops, national and international meeting opportunities and others.

CATER: Cellular Approaches to Tissue Engineering and Regeneration is a NIH-funded T32 program that supports two years of training of graduate students enrolled in Bioengineering program or Cellular and Molecular Pathology graduate program in disciplines of tissue regeneration, bioengineering and stem cell biology. The students are nominated through a centralized process by CATER faculty and training entails specialized courses and lab training. The program is directed by Dr. Monga.

ATP: Angiogenesis Training Program is another NIH-funded T32 training program that supports graduate students with interest in angiogenesis. The program consists of didactic coursework and lab training for two years. Students are similarly nominated for the program by training faculty of ATP. This program is led by Dr. Wendy Mars of the division of Experimental Pathology.

Postdoctoral Training

Several postdoctoral fellows are currently training in the labs of several Experimental Pathology faculty. The training encompasses bench research, journal clubs, seminars, workshops, national and international meeting opportunities and others.

Calendar of Events


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Aaron Bell, PhD - Research Assistant Professor
Bharat Bhushan, PhD - Assistant Professor
Evan R. Delgado, PhD - Research Assistant Professor
Andrew Duncan, PhD - Associate Professor
Mo R. Ebrahimkhani, MD - Associate Professor
Dong Hu, MD, PhD - Research Assistant Professor
George Hussey, PhD - Assistant Professor
Hun-Way Hwang, MD, PhD - Assistant Professor
Samira Kiani, MD - Associate Professor
Sungjin Ko, PhD - Research Assistant Professor
Eric Lagasse, PharmD, PhD - Associate Professor
Silvia Liu, PhD - Assistant Professor
*Youhua Liu, PhD - Professor
*Joseph D. Locker, MD, PhD - Professor
Dongzhu Ma, MD, PhD - Research Assistant Professor
*Jianhua Lou, MD, PhD - Professor
Wendy Mars, PhD - Associate Professor
*George K. Michalopoulos, MD, PhD - Professor
*Satdarshan (Paul) S. Monga, MD - Professor
Kari Nejak-Bowen, MBA, PhD - Associate Professor
Michael Oertel, PhD - Associate Professor
Alina Ostrowska, PhD - Research Assistant Professor
Shirish Paranjpe, PhD - Research Associate Professor
Reben Raeman, MS, PhD - Assistant Professor
Galina Shurin, PhD - Research Assistant Professor
*Alejandro Soto-Gutierrez, MD, PhD - Associate Professor
Junyan Tao, PhD - Research Assistant Professor
Ivona Vasile-Pandrea, MD, PhD - Professor
Cuiling (Amy) Xu, PhD - Research Instructor
Yanping Yu, PhD - Associate Professor
*Reza Zarnegar, PhD - Professor

*Denotes tenured faculty


Harry Blair, MD
Charleen Chu, MD, PhD
Marie C. DeFrances, MD, PhD
David Finegold, MD
Nick Giannoukakis, PhD
Shou-Jiang (SJ) Gao, PhD
Julia Kofler, MD
Peter Lucas, MD, PhD
Tim D. Oury, MD, PhD
Octavia Peck-Palmer, PhD
Sarangarajan Ranganathan, MD
Partha Roy, PhD
Michael Shurin, MD, PhD
Kenichi Tamama, MD, PhD
Alan Wells, MD, DMS
Clayton Wiley, MD, PhD
Chuanyue (Cary) Wu, PhD
Cecelia Yates, PhD
Dean Yimlamai, MD, PhD
Jian Yu, PhD