The Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology has a rich history and from its inception research has been a major emphasis in this department. Today, our research programs as well as our doctoral (graduate program) and postdoctoral training programs comprise the Division of Molecular Pathogenesis. The primary areas of research within our department is organized under four programs: Center for Immuonlogy, Center of Bacterial Pathogenesis, Program in Tissue Remodeling and the Program in Translational Pathology. Each is cmoprised of funded research programs on a wide variety of topics within these general areas. The goal of our research is to elucidate the mysteries of normal biology and the fundamental mechanisms of human disease processes at both the cellular and molecular levels. All of our investigators are engaged in state-of-the-art research using the tools of modern biological science. Our laboratories are modern and well equipped and are located in Medical Center North, The Vanderbilt Clinic, and in the Acre at the VA Medical Center Building.

Under the leadership of Dr. Eric Skaar the Division of Molecular Pathogenesis was formed in 2016 with the merger of the Division of Investigative Pathology and the Division of Host-Pathogen Interactionin. This new Division developed in response to evolving clinical expertise and basic research programs within the department.