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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

Elizabeth Cieniewicz

Elizabeth Cieniewicz

I am interested in the transmission of the newly characterized Grapevine red blotch associated virus. I am trying to determine the insect vector that transmits the disease and elucidate the mechanisms by which it accomplishes this. I am approaching this problem using information gained from field studies, virus transmission assays in the greenhouse, and from a molecular perspective. I am interested in using what I learn about transmission of GRBaV to help offer suggestions for disease management in the field.