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

Jose Vargas

Jose Vargas

Jose Vargas

I’m interested in plant-virus interactions through small RNAs (sRNA). My works splits between two main research areas in this topic: the use of large scale sRNA sequencing for virus detection and discovery and the study of the plant sRNA response to virus infection.