The Division of Comparative Pathology participates in education and training of undergraduate, graduate, and medical students as well as residents and fellows.

Undergraduate Students

We have hosted several Howard Hughes Medical Institute students. These are exceptional undergraduate students that complete a minimum of a one year research project. Past students have been accepted to medical and veterinary school. We are also a primary contact for the Undergraduate Research Office. We accept undergraduates, many of them on a pre-vet track, that desire experience in a laboratory setting.

Graduate Students

Dr. Carolyn Cray has previously served as a professor in the Biomedical Master of Science program at Barry University. She has mentored several students and many others have participated in the laboratory in volunteer positions. Drs. Altman and Cray have served on dissertation committees of UM graduate students. Both also actively teach and advise graduate students in the School of Medicine that are utilizing animal models of disease.


The members of the division participate in the department’s Grand Rounds, seminars, and journal club. In addition, Dr. Altman has been an invited presenter in the Oncology Research Fellows Program. The division formerly hosted a successful NIH training program in comparative pathology. Trainees have gone on to serve in academia and biotech positions.