Department of Pathology

pathology.jpegThe Boonshoft School of Medicine Department of Pathology serves the university and community in three interwoven domains:

  1. Education of medical students, residents, faculty, and clinicians
  2. Research in translational and clinical sciences and medical education
  3. Diagnostic pathology services for patients and their physicians


Our three pathologist-educators devote more than 50 percent of their time to support the professional development of Boonshoft School of Medicine students and residents. We focus on developing habits of self-directed inquiry and critical thinking skills in our students — essential characteristics of competent physicians. We strive to model and facilitate collaborative learning among students and faculty. Learning resources, modules of instruction, courses and assessment tools are designed and delivered in cooperation with basic science and clinical faculty in an interdisciplinary manner.

An experienced group of four additional full-time faculty and 32 clinically affiliated faculty engage our students and residents, enhancing the breadth and depth of education in core courses and elective experiences.


Diverse research and scholarly activities characterize our faculty. Drs. Lauf and Dudley do basic and translational science. Dr. Lauf’s focus is cell membrane physiology; he has published over 140 peer-reviewed articles during his research career of 50+ years. He is recognized for discovery and characterization of the membrane potassium-chloride cotransporter-3 (KCC3). Dr. Dudley directs the animal research facility that serves all faculty of Wright State University while pursuing her interest in the physical and behavioral responses of animals involved in animal model research. Our four pathologists focus on clinical and medical education research, often accomplished in collaboration with students and/or residents. Clinical research interests include pediatric anatomic pathology (Dr. Mirkin) and dermatopathology (Dr. Krishnamurthy). A scholarly approach to medical education (Drs. Miller, Krishnamurthy, and Koles) includes investigation of curricular innovations and outcomes, analysis of teaching and learning strategies (e.g, team-based learning, peer instruction), and factors that affect students’ academic performance.

Diagnostic Pathology Services

Clinical services are provided by all faculty in the Pathology Department. Our full-time faculty specialize in dermatopathology (Dr. Krishnamurthy), clinical microbiology (Dr. Miler), pediatric pathology (Dr. Mirkin) and autopsy pathology (Dr. Koles). Our clinically affiliated faculty practice all aspects of anatomic and clinical pathology, including surgical pathology, cytopathology, forensic pathology, hematopathology, molecular diagnostics, transfusion medicine, clinical chemistry and clinical microbiology.

Regional Postmortem Examination Service

The Department of Pathology offers a postmortem examination service that makes autopsy available to the next of kin for persons who die of apparently natural causes outside of a hospital or in hospital emergency rooms. It does not provide a medical-legal investigation of death, which can only be performed by a coroner's office, as mandated by Ohio law. For information, view the Regional Postmortem Examination Service brochure (PDF). To contact a representative, call (937) 775-2625, Monday through Friday, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., or (937) 775-2304 on evenings and weekends.

Last edited on 11/09/2018.