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Faculty and Senior Academics

The Section of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology has 22 tenure-track faculty, four senior academics, and five senior associates. Each member directs independent research and/or outreach projects and plays a significant role in educating students and stakeholders.

There are also a number of courtesy, adjunct, and emeritus faculty:

Gary Bergstrom

Gary Bergstrom

Professor
Biology, epidemiology, and integrated management of diseases of wheat, corn, soybean, forage legumes, and biofuel feedstock crops.
Adam Bogdanove

Adam Bogdanove

Professor
Mechanisms of bacterial plant pathogenesis and plant defense with a focus on tissue specificity in bacterial blight and bacterial leaf streak of rice, caused by the pathovars of Xanthomonas oryzae; transcription activator-like (TAL) effector proteins in plant-bacterial interactions and DNA targeting technologies such as genome editing and custom gene regulation. Bogdanove Laboratory
Tom Burr

Thomas Burr

Professor
Diseases of fruit crops with emphasis on bacterial diseases, including biology and control of grape crown gall.
Juliet Carroll

Juliet Carroll

Senior Extension Associate; Fruit IPM Coordinator
Development and delivery of IPM programs for tree fruit, grape, and berry growers.
Melanie J. Filiatrault

Melanie J. Filiatrault

Courtesy Assistant Professor
The role of small non-coding RNAs and RNA binding proteins in the biology of bacterial plant pathogens; the development of new approaches to perform global transcriptome profiling.
David Garoury

David Gadoury

Senior Research Associate
Epidemiology; Pathogen Ecology; Pathogen Biology; Ontogenic (age-related) Host Resistance, Pathogen Survival of Intercrop periods; Signaling and Environmental Regulation of Sporulation; Spore Release and Dispersal; Diseases of Grapevine, Apple and Strawberry; Powdery Mildew and Downy Mildew pathogens of all crops; Interactions between Climate, Crop Phenology, and Host Resistance.
Stewart Gray

Stewart Gray

Courtesy Professor
The biology of plant virus - insect vector interactions, virus diseases of potato and grain crops, virus disease management and epidemiology.
Frank Hay

Frank Hay

Senior Research Associate
Research on vegetables and important diseases of fruit and crops in NYS.
Awais Khan

Awais Khan

Associate Professor
Mechanisms of disease resistance and pathogenesis in rosaceous fruits; QTL and association mapping; omics, genome editing, and bioinformatics to detect genetic regions and candidate genes for fungal and bacterial disease resistance; Strategies for accelerated and targeted improvement of disease resistance; High-throughput methods for plant resistance phenotyping. Khan Lab: Mechanisms of Fruit Diseases and Resistance
 
Magdalen Lindeberg

Magdalen Lindeberg

Senior Research Associate
The identification of virulence-associated features in plant pathogenic bacteria, including Pseudomonas syringae pathovars and Ca. Liberibacter species through analysis of their genome sequences.
Gregory Martin

Gregory Martin

Professor of PPPMB
The focus is on the molecular basis of: 1) bacterial pathogenesis and host susceptibility; 2) recognition events involved in plant immunity; and 3) host signal transduction leading to defense responses; experimental approaches include genomics, biochemistry, cell biology, molecular biology, forward and reverse genetics, and proteomics to investigate aspects of plant-bacterial interactions
Martin Lab: Molecular Basis of Bacterial Pathogenesis
Keith Perry

Keith Perry

Associate Professor
Insect vector transmission of plant viruses, cucumber mosaic virus and its vector transmission, the development of diagnostic technologies for plant pathogens with on emphasis on array-based approaches, potato viruses, and potato foundation seed production.; Director of the NYS Foundation Potato Seed Program and the Uihlein Laboratory and Farm.
Perry lab: Plant viruses and aphid vector transmission
Sarah Pethybridge

Sarah Pethybridge

Assistant Professor
Epidemiology and management of vegetable diseases, Sclerotinia species biology, risk assessment and crop loss from soil-borne pathogens, spatiotemporal analysis of epidemics; and fungicide resistance.
Bryan Swingle

Bryan Swingle

Courtesy Assistant Professor
Molecular biology of plant-microbe interactions, with emphasis on regulatory systems that contribute to bacterial stress tolerance and survival in plants; genetic recombination in Pseudomonas syringae.
Wayne Wilcox

Wayne Wilcox

Professor
Fungal diseases of grapevines, with emphases on pathogen biology, ecology and epidemiology, and integrated disease management.