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About the Department

The Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine at UC Irvine Health School of Medicine is dedicated to the diagnosis and understanding of human diseases through biomedical and clinical research. Using the latest technologies, our pathologists help advance medicine by finding better ways of diagnosing, managing and treating diseases.

Pathology Services

The Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine offers clinical diagnostic services to UC Irvine Health patients, as well as consultative and referral services to more than 30 hospitals in Orange County and more than 30 other regional hospitals.

Services include histology and immunohistochemical staining, morphometry and image analysis of tissue sections, laser-capture micro-dissection of tissue section, tissue bank and procurement service and genotyping.


The department's research programs are located in laboratories at UC Irvine Medical Center and on the Irvine campus. They are supported by funding  from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other extramural sources. Our laboratory-based research programs include:

  • Investigations in immunology
  • Microbial pathogenesis
  • Neuropathology
  • Cancer
  • Inflammation
  • Wound healing
  • Stem cell biology

Forefront of Education

The Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine plays a major role in pre-clinical medical education. Our training programs include:

  • Graduate studies: The department offers a doctoral curriculum with a concentration in experimental pathology. This program emphasizes laboratory investigations to better understand the molecular and cellular mechanisms of disease.
  • Residency training in pathology: Our medical residency program is fully accredited and provides comprehensive training in anatomic and clinical pathology. Our department has trained numerous fellow in subspecialties such as neuropathology, cytopathology and hematopathology.
  • Clinical Laboratory Scientist Program: Operated by the department since 1958, the program provides a learning environment in which students can acquire the academic knowledge, technical skills, professional behaviors and critical thinking experiences necessary to become proficient medical technologists.