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 Brauer

Elizabeth Brauer

Elizabeth Brauer

The Popescu lab is developing several techniques for high-throughput measurement of effector-kinase interactions using the tomato-Pseudomonas syringae pv. syringae model pathosystem.  I use protein microarrays to examine protein-protein interactions and kinase activity. I’m also interested in characterizing the role of individual kinases in stress-induced signal transduction.  I using genetic and biochemical approaches to understand how kinases of interest contribute to salt tolerance and PAMP-triggered immunity.