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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

Jenny Wilson

Jenny Wilson

I am broadly interested in the transmission of plant pathogens by their insect vectors and the molecular interactions that occur between host, pathogen, and vector. My research focuses on the circulative transmission of the luteovirid Potato leafroll virus by the generalist aphid Myzus persicae. Understanding the mechanisms that underlie this intimate mode of transmission can help us develop methods to control the spread of disease in the field.