Faculty

The Department of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology has 24 full time faculty and 10 adjunct faculty. Each member directs independent research and/or outreach projects and plays a significant role in educating students and stakeholders. The majority of the faculty are located in department facilities in Ithaca and Geneva, but some work at the Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research, the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) facilities in Ithaca or Geneva, or at regional colleges and universities.

There are also a number of affiliated and retired or emeritus faculty:

George Abawi

Ecology and biology of fungal and nematodal soilborne pathogens and the integrated management of their resultant root diseases; special interests in diseases of vegetable and food legume crops; microbial interactions; biological control; cultural practices for disease management; and soil-IPM/soil health issues.

Adam Bogdanove

Mechanisms of bacterial plant pathogenesis and plant defense with a focus on tissue specificity in bacterial blight and bacterial leaf streak of rice, caused by the pathovars of Xanthomonas oryzae; transcription activator-like (TAL) effector proteins in plant-bacterial interactions and DNA targeting technologies such as genome editing and custom gene regulation. Bogdanove Laboratory

Thomas Burr

Tom Burr

Thomas Burr

Associate Dean CALS and Director NYSAES
Professor

Diseases of fruit crops with emphasis on bacterial diseases, including biology and control of grape crown gall.

David Gadoury

David Garoury

David Gadoury

Senior Research Associate

Epidemiology; Pathogen Ecology; Pathogen Biology; Ontogenic (age-related) Host Resistance, Pathogen Survival of Intercrop periods; Signaling and Environmental Regulation of Sporulation; Spore Release and Dispersal; Diseases of Grapevine, Apple and Strawberry; Powdery Mildew and Downy Mildew pathogens of all crops; Interactions between Climate, Crop Phenology, and Host Resistance.

Stewart Gray

Stewart Gray

Stewart Gray

Courtesy Professor

The biology of plant virus - insect vector interactions, virus diseases of potato and grain crops, virus disease management and epidemiology.

Magdalen Lindeberg

Magdalen Lindeberg

Magdalen Lindeberg

Senior Research Associate

The identification of virulence-associated features in plant pathogenic bacteria, including Pseudomonas syringae pathovars and Ca. Liberibacter species through analysis of their genome sequences.

Gregory Martin

Gregory Martin

Gregory Martin

Professor of PPPMB

The focus is on the molecular basis of: 1) bacterial pathogenesis and host susceptibility; 2) recognition events involved in plant immunity; and 3) host signal transduction leading to defense responses; experimental approaches include genomics, biochemistry, cell biology, molecular biology, forward and reverse genetics, and proteomics to investigate aspects of plant-bacterial interactions
Martin Lab: Molecular Basis of Bacterial Pathogenesis

Keith Perry

Keith Perry

Keith Perry

Associate Professor

Insect vector transmission of plant viruses, cucumber mosaic virus and its vector transmission, the development of diagnostic technologies for plant pathogens with on emphasis on array-based approaches, potato viruses, and potato foundation seed production.; Director of the NYS Foundation Potato Seed Program and the Uihlein Laboratory and Farm.
Perry lab: Plant viruses and aphid vector transmission

Sarah Pethybridge

Sarah Pethybridge

Sarah Pethybridge

Assistant Professor

Epidemiology and management of vegetable diseases, Sclerotinia species biology, risk assessment and crop loss from soil-borne pathogens, spatiotemporal analysis of epidemics; and fungicide resistance.

Robert Seem

Quantitative epidemiology, focusing on model development and other quantitative measures for the practical management of fruit and vegetable diseases; understanding the biological processes responsible for disease development; elucidating the role of weather and plant disease

Bryan Swingle

Bryan Swingle

Bryan Swingle

Courtesy Assistant Professor

Molecular biology of plant-microbe interactions, with emphasis on regulatory systems that contribute to bacterial stress tolerance and survival in plants; genetic recombination in Pseudomonas syringae.