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

Megan Daniels

Megan Daniels

Megan Daniels

My work is focused on the diversity and abundance of fungi in the human environment and fungi associated with food.  I am particularly interested in fungal communities of food spoilage, as well as fungi that survive in extreme environments such as preserved foods and in our homes.  The implications of contact with and consumption of these organisms and their associated secondary metabolites intrigue me.  My research is currently focused on using a molecular systematics approach to examine the diversity of these fungal communities that have been previously understudied due to difficulties with traditional sampling techniques.