Welcome to the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Message from the Chair

Chen Liu

Academically, the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, provides the bridge between the clinical and basic sciences at our institution. This function is pervasive throughout our institution, affiliated institutes and client hospitals in Central New Jersey. In this role, our department assists physician assistants, medical students and others in their transformation from the basic to clinical sciences.

The clinical activities of the department are based at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Hamilton and Southern Ocean Medical Center. Surgical specimen accessions at these institutions, number over 25,000. In addition, the department provides a comprehensive consultation service of approximately 5,000 cases and approximately 10,000 cytology specimens. The department has sub-specialty expertise in immunohistochemistry, electron microscopy, molecular and transplant pathology. Areas of Specialty Board Certification held by our faculty include; Anatomic, Clinical, Neuropathology, Cytopathology, Pediatric Pathology, Immunopathology, and Hematopathology. 

The Clinical Laboratory is responsible for over 1,500,000 specimens annually in its accessions to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. These cross all disciplines in Clinical Pathology including; Clinical Chemistry, Transfusion Medicine, Microbiology and Hematology. In addition, the department oversees an expanding molecular diagnostic laboratory. 

The departments research efforts are responsible for substantial contribution to the scientific community, as well as within the institution. The department has for many years been associated with efforts at improving our understanding of the pathobiology of the extracellular matrix. The extracellular matrix is that complex of macromolecules surrounding stromal cells and underlying epithelial and endothelial cells. The extracellular matrix (ECM) is now known to have profound effects on cellular behavior during development, differentiation, maintaining homeostasis and in tumor biology. Laboratories in the department are centering their efforts on defining factors controlling the assembly of a unique extracellular matrix; the basement membrane and its role in diseases such as muscular dystrophy. Another laboratory is studying the role of ECM in neuronal guidance. 

Our Department looks forward to expanding our contributions to the institution, national and international community via our research, as well as our clinical and educational missions.

Chen Liu, M.D., Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine