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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
  • Decide whether an MS/PhD or MPS program is right for you

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

Anthony Wenndt

Anthony Wenndt

I aim to empower smallholders by linking the biology of plant disease to the global dialogue around food security and international development. Specifically, my research is geared toward identifying critical biological and environmental factors that influence accumulation of harmful mycotoxins in food systems, and generating spatiotemporally-aware datasets that can inform mycotoxin assessment and mitigation strategies throughout the food value chain. I am currently focused on characterizing risk factors associated with village-level mycotoxin exposure in rural India, with the ultimate goal of framing a stakeholder-friendly toxin monitoring and mitigation approach informed by the respective ecologies of key mycotoxigenic organisms.