Petri dishes with cultures

Graduate

Students extracting RNA
Students extracting RNA from plant tissue

Welcome to the Field of Plant Pathology & Plant-Microbe Biology, which is managed by the Section of Plant Pathology & Plant-Microbe Biology in the School of Integrative Plant Sciences at Cornell University.

From our beginnings as one of the first departments of plant pathology in the country, our tradition of excellence has centered on training graduate students for leadership in the field.  As a graduate student in our Department, you will be part of this extraordinary legacy.

We invite you to explore our three program concentrations

Or browse our faculty profiles to see where you would fit into our team.

Graduate Student Research Spotlight

Tyler McCann

Tyler McCann

Tyler McCann

I am interested in studying the responses of the strawberry powdery mildew pathogen (Podosphaera aphanis) to light. Areas I hope to contribute to include: light as a non-chemical control, factors responsible for increased disease severity under plastic tunnel production relative to field plantings, circadian regulation.