The Department of Pathology is home to a world-class community of scientists undertaking cutting-edge biomedical and clinical research aimed at understanding the molecular and cellular mechanisms driving the pathogenesis of human disease and the development of new clinically viable therapeutics.

Our researchers are supported by major national and international funding bodies that underpin the performance of impacting research across highly topical areas in medicine including cancer, cardiovascular and metabolic disease, infection and immunity, the microbiome, ocular disease, and respiratory disease. This dynamic research portfolio provides an exceptional environment for the supervision and training of Honours and postgraduate (PhD, Masters) research students. It also supports our undergraduate teaching programs aimed at inspiring the next generation of medical doctors and biomedical scientists.

The department is renowned for its innovative delivery of high-quality and up-to-date pathology teaching to medicine and science students on the molecular and cellular mechanisms of disease and the accurate interpretation and diagnosis of disease specimens. Our courses cover a variety of topics including basic pathological process, as well as specific courses on the molecular basis of disease, cancer pathology, musculoskeletal disease, clinical immunology, and imaging of disease. Our education-focused members are also leading new educational projects to further enhance learning and teaching in pathology more broadly.


Head of Pathology and Associate Professor Shane Thomas
Head of Pathology and Associate Professor


Professional staff

Name Position
Swapna Joshi Research Assisant 
Mary Ngoc Tien Nguyen Research Assistant
Janet Youkhana Research Officer
Ye (Gloria) Zheng  Research Assistant
Lamia Nureen Research Assistant