The Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at the University of Minnesota Medical School is committed to bringing leading-edge basic and applied research and innovation to patient care.

The research-intensive faculty within the department have several major focus areas including cancer, immunology, cardiovascular disease, renal disease, diabetes, and genetics. The faculty consist of tenured associate and full professors, several of which currently hold endowed chairs or professorships. They interface with University of Minnesota departments and centers such as the Center for Immunology, Masonic Cancer Center, and the Institute for Translational Neuroscience.


McCullough working with Uganda to prevent blood transfusion-transmitted diseases


Jeff McCullough and colleagues have been working with the Uganda national blood service to establish a pathogen inactivation technology they developed for prevention of blood transfusion-transmitted diseases including Zika virus infections.  McCullough reports that they are making good progress both at the national blood center and Mulago National Referral Hospital for a 1000 patient clinical trial as well as a study of the cost and health impact of these transmissible diseases.

Fulbright Scholar

Resident Miroslav Sekulic receives Fulbright Scholar Grant

miroPGY-3 Resident Miroslav Sekulic has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar Grant.  The grant provides funding for him to conduct research at the University of Bergen in Norway with Dr. Hans-Peter Marti during his fourth year of residency.  

Drs. Marti and Sekulic will be investigating interstitial fibrosis in chronic kidney disease and identifying drivers of this process.  Renal fibrosis is an inevitable result of progressive chronic kidney disease, and better understudying of the development and alteration of this process would allow clinicians to better treat patients.


Research spotlight

Department kicks off Innovation Initiatives 2016

Based on a recommendation from the translational research strategic planning committee, the department will offer the opportunity for faculty to apply for Innovation Initiative grants in 2017. Innovation Initiative

The due date for pre-proposals is August 1 with funding to start January 1.

The format of the program will be the same as last year; see  We will review the program requirements at our June 8 faculty meeting.