The names of the School’s basic science departments represent the disciplines taught in medical school almost a century ago. New scientific disciplines, including structural biology, cell and tissue imaging and data science have evolved.
After a comprehensive review, which began in June 2021, faculty and departmental leadership requested changing the names of some of our basic science departments to more accurately describe the actual research in their departments.
The University approved the new names that the School’s basic science departments requested on March 8, 2023. The School will need to change department, faculty and lab websites, University Bulletin, course descriptions, signage, CVs, publication submissions, etc. Diplomas and transcripts will change as of Sept. 1, 2023. Students graduating in May and August 2023 will retain the former department name.