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 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

Tien Tran

Tien Tran

Tien Tran

My interest is studying the molecular interaction between potato cyst nematode and host plant which is a fascinating field because little is known about the molecular mechanism of nematode parasitism. My current project is focusing on the functional characterization of two novel effectors Gr29D09 and GrG4G05 in the nematode parasitism, using approaches such as ectopic gene expression in host tissue, gene silencing and protein-protein interactions.