Petri dishes with cultures


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

Ian Small

Ian Small

Ian Small

My goal is to contribute to a safe and secure food supply by advancing sustainable agricultural production through scientific research, education and leadership. My academic interests range from Plant Pathology, Plant Breeding, and Crop Science, through to Epidemiology, Statistics, and Applied Economics and Management. I am interested in systems approaches to the management of plant diseases, integrating genetic, cultural, biological, and chemical control methods into practical strategies for effective, economical, safe, and sustainable disease management. My dissertation research focuses on the development of models and online tools to improve the efficiency of late blight management. I have been working on the development of an online decision support system for late blight management.