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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, 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 Section, 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


Carolina Mazo

I am interested in understanding the molecular mechanisms by which pathogens subvert the plant immune system through the use of secreted effector proteins. My current research focus is on effector-triggered immunity, characterizing the repertoire of effectors present in strains of Pseudomonas syringe pv. tomato isolated from New York in 2015. My overall goal is to elucidate new resistance mechanisms that allow Tomatoes to be more resistant to new races of P.syringae.