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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

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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.