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 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

Chris Peritore

Chris Peritore

Chris Peritore

Broadly, I am interested in the interactions happening between pathogens and plants at the molecular and protein levels. My current research revolves around the pathogenesis of tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) by Clavibacter michiganensis subsp. michiganensis. I am working towards understanding how the bacteria move within the vascular system of the plant to cause systemic infection through understanding the genetics and morphology of the bacteria.