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Graduate study in Cornell's School of Integrative Plant Science (SIPS):

There are five fields of graduate study within SIPS: (i) Horticulture, (ii) Plant Biology, (iii) Plant Breeding, (iv) Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology, and (v) Soil and Crop Sciences. The SIPS Graduate Resource Page can help you identify graduate fields and faculty research programs that match your interests. Information here focuses on graduate programs in the Field of Plant Pathology & Plant-Microbe Biology.

Welcome to the Field of Plant Pathology & Plant-Microbe Biology (PPPMB), 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 preparing graduate students for leadership in the field.  As a graduate student in PPPMB, you will be part of this 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

I am broadly interested in molecular aspects of the transmission of plant pathogens by their insect vectors. Right now, I am studying the circulative transmission of the luteovirid Potato leafroll virus by the generalist aphid Myzus persicae. My work focuses on the molecular interplay between virus and vector, spanning from structural biology up to evolutionary relationships between the biological players involved in transmission. When not in the lab, I love inspiring the next generation of scientists through outreach and mentorship, especially encouraging girls and young women to pursue careers in STEM.