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

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

Graduate Student Research Spotlight

Shan Qi

Shan Qi

My main focus is on identification of Blumeria graminis effectors. We are working with our collaborators in Iowa state university and Imperial College London to characterize Bgh effectors using various methods. I am hoping the outcome of this research would broaden our knowledge of plant pathogen interaction and contribute to barley powdery mildew disease control.