Rooted in basic science research

Since its inception in 1910, the Department of Pathology & Immunology has had combined excellence in research, training, and clinical service. Our conviction that basic science research leads to exceptional training and high-quality clinical service has made our department a vital bridge between the basic sciences and other clinical disciplines at Washington University. We are a vital and ever-evolving group of scholars dedicated to human pathobiology and the care of those afflicted with disease.

Probiotic bacteria evolve inside mice’s GI tracts

Probiotic bacteria evolve inside mice’s GI tracts

Probiotics – which are living bacteria taken to promote digestive health – can evolve once inside the body and have the potential to become less effective and sometimes even harmful, according to a new study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

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Potential new therapy for Crohn’s, colitis identified

Potential new therapy for Crohn’s, colitis identified

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found a compound that may treat IBD without directly targeting inflammation. The compound tamps down the activity of a gene linked to blood clotting. They discovered that the gene was turned on at sites of intestinal inflammation and damage, and blocking its activity reduces IBD symptoms in mice.

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Cote named head of pathology and immunology

Cote named head of pathology and immunology

Richard J. Cote, MD, an innovative physician-scientist and entrepreneur specializing in cancer, has been named head of the Department of Pathology and Immunology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He will take the reins May 1.

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