Petri dishes with cultures


Students extracting RNA
Students extracting RNA from plant tissue

Welcome to the Field of Plant Pathology & Plant-Microbe Biology, which is managed by the Department of Plant Pathology & Plant-Microbe Biology 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

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Graduate Student Research Spotlight

Elizabeth Cieniewicz

Elizabeth Cieniewicz

Elizabeth Cieniewicz

I am interested in the transmission of the newly characterized Grapevine red blotch associated virus. I am trying to determine the insect vector that transmits the disease and elucidate the mechanisms by which it accomplishes this. I am approaching this problem using information gained from field studies, virus transmission assays in the greenhouse, and from a molecular perspective. I am interested in using what I learn about transmission of GRBaV to help offer suggestions for disease management in the field.