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Chris Peritore Galve

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Graduate Student

A136 Barton Labs

2015 BS Biology, Minor: Spanish, University of Missouri

2015-Present MS/PhD Plant Pathology, Minors: Microbiology, Plant-Microbe Interactions

Graduate Advisor: Christine Smart

Research Focus

I study the biology and pathology of gram-positive bacterium Clavibacter michiganensis subsp. michiganensis, the causal agent of bacterial canker of tomato. Current projects include studying colonization patterns and molecular interactions with wild tomato hosts, as well as the role of fruit development on susceptibility to the pathogen.

Professional Experience

PhD Candidate, Smart Lab, Cornell University 2015-Present

NIH-IMSD Undergrad Research Fellow, Randall Lab, U of Missouri 2011-2015

Awards and Honors

  • 2018 APS Richard Gabrielson Student Travel Award
  • 2017 Cornell SIPS Schmittau-Novak Grant "The Old exonuclease and its potential role in biofilm regulation and DNA repair during infection of crucifers by Xanthomonas campestris pv. campestris."
  • 2017 Cornell OISE Social Justice Award
  • 2015 Dean’s Excellence Fellowship, Cornell University
  • 2011-2015 Diversity Award Scholarship, University of Missouri

Elected and Appointed Offices

  • 2018-Present Chair, SIPS Graduate Student Council
  • 2017-Present Vice President, Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Graduate Student Association
  • 2016-2017 Co-Founder and Vice President, Cornell Chapter - SACNAS
  • 2015-2016 Secretary, Cornell Zymology Club

Professional Societies and Working Groups

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • American Phytopathological Society
  • International Society for Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions
  • Latinx Graduate Student Coalition


Peritore-Galve FC, Schneider DJ, Yang Y, Thannhauser TW, Smart CD, Stodghill P 2019. Proteome profile and genome refinement of the tomato-pathogenic bacterium Clavibacter michiganensis subsp. michiganensis. Proteomics. Published online: 10.1002/pmic.201800224

Peritore-Galve FC, Schiltz C, Lee A, Han A, Chappie JS, Smart CD. 2018. Unraveling the structure and function of an uncharacterized nuclease with putative DNA activities in Xanthomonas campestris pathovar campestris. Phytopathology 108(10):11-11

Tancos MA, Lowe-Power TM, Peritore-Galve FC, Tran TM, Allen C, Smart CD. 2017.
Plant-like bacterial expansins play contrasting roles in two tomato vascular pathogens. Mol. Plant Pathol. 19(5):1210-1221

Peritore FC, Tancos MA, Smart CD. 2016. Examining putative motility genes in Clavibacter michiganensis subsp. michiganensis. Phytopathology 107(12):81-81