Graduate Fields are composed of faculty members with research interests related to the field of study. Most members of a given Graduate Field are faculty in the corresponding SIPS Section, but some have appointments within other SIPS Sections, other departments at Cornell, or are affiliated with USDA or the Boyce Thompson Institute.

Field faculty by concentration

Graduate Fields at Cornell bring together faculty from different academic units. Faculty serving the graduate program in PPPMB include most of the Section faculty as well as faculty from additional academic units such as Plant Biology, Microbiology, International Programs, and others, whose research involves PPPMB. Any of these individuals can serve as Special Committee Chair for a Graduate student in the program. 

Faculty affiliated with the Field of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology are listed below by program concentration.

** Indicates faculty who are no longer serving as Special Committee Chairs for a new students.

  • Maricelis Acevedo
  • Gary Bergstrom**
  • Adam Bogdanove
  • Lance Cadle-Davidson
  • Kerik Cox
  • Marc Fuchs
  • Michelle Heck
  • Kathie Hodge
  • Awais Khan
  • Magdalen Lindeberg
  • Gregory Martin
  • Margaret McGrath
  • Rebecca Nelson
  • Teresa Pawlowska
  • Sarah Pethybridge
  • Keith Perry
  • Christine Smart
  • Bryan Swingle
  • Xiaohong Wang

Graduate Fields at Cornell bring together faculty from different academic units. Faculty serving the graduate program in PPPMB include most of the Section faculty as well as faculty from additional academic units such as Plant Biology, Microbiology, International Programs, and others, whose research involves PPPMB. Any of these individuals can serve as Special Committee Chair for a Graduate student in the program. 

Faculty affiliated with the Field of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology are listed below by program concentration.

** Indicates faculty who are no longer serving as Special Committee Chairs for a new students.

  • Gary Bergstrom**
  • Adam Bogdanove
  • Lance Cadle-Davidson
  • Zhangjun Fei
  • Melanie Filiatrault
  • Marc Fuchs
  • Maria Harrison
  • Michelle Heck
  • Kathie Hodge
  • Jian Hua
  • Lori Huberman (Beginning January 2021)
  • Awais Khan
  • Gregory Martin
  • Rebecca Nelson
  • Teresa Pawlowska
  • Keith L. Perry
  • Jocelyn K. C. Rose
  • Christine Smart
  • Bryan Swingle
  • Gillian Turgeon**
  • Xiaohong Wang

Graduate Fields at Cornell bring together faculty from different academic units. Faculty serving the graduate program in PPPMB include most of the Section faculty as well as faculty from additional academic units such as Plant Biology, Microbiology, International Programs, and others, whose research involves PPPMB. Any of these individuals can serve as Special Committee Chair for a Graduate student in the program. 

Faculty affiliated with the Field of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology are listed below by program concentration.

** Indicates faculty who are no longer serving as Special Committee Chairs for a new students.

  • Maricelis Acevedo
  • Gary Bergstrom**
  • Kerik Cox
  • Lance Cadle-Davidson
  • Maria Harrison
  • Kathie Hodge
  • Rebecca Nelson
  • Teresa Pawlowska
  • Sarah Pethybridge
  • Christine Smart
  • Gillian Turgeon**
  • Lori Huberman (beginning January 2021)
Maricelis Acevedo
Maricelis Acevedo

Research Professor

Department of Global Development

Co-director of MPS in Global Development

Department of Global Development

International Research Professor (Joint)

School of Integrative Plant Science

Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section

Maricelis Acevedo
Photo of Kathryn Bushley
Kathryn Bushley

Courtesy Assistant Professor

School of Integrative Plant Science

Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology

Kathryn Bushley
  • keb45 [at] cornell.edu
Gary Bergstrom
Gary Bergstrom

Professor

School of Integrative Plant Science

Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section

Gary Bergstrom
Integrated disease management of wheat, corn, soybeans, forage legumes
Adam Bogdanove
Adam Bogdanove

Professor

School of Integrative Plant Science

Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section

Adam Bogdanove
Bacterial blight and bacterial leaf streak of rice
Transcription activator-like (TAL) effector proteins
Genome editing and custom gene regulation
A mans smiles in front of a brick wall
Lance Cadle-Davidson

Adjunct Associate Professor

School of Integrative Plant Science

Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section

Cornell AgriTech

Lance Cadle-Davidson
Sustainable management of grapevine fungal and oomycete diseases
Host-pathogen co-evolution and disease resistance
Enhanced breeding using genomic tools
Clare Casteel
Clare Casteel

Associate Professor

School of Integrative Plant Science

Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section

Clare Casteel
  • clc269 [at] cornell.edu
Viral plant pathogens
Plant-virus-vector interactions
Molecular basis of plant virus defenses
A man stands smiling in a fruit orchard
Kerik Cox

Associate Professor

School of Integrative Plant Science

Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section

Cornell AgriTech

Kerik Cox
Orchard fungal ecology
Fungicide resistance
Pesticide stewardship, fruit pathology
Zhangjun Fei
Zhangjun Fei

Adjunct Associate Professor

School of Integrative Plant Science

Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section

Zhangjun Fei
  • zf25 [at] cornell.edu
Computational analysis of large datasets
Modeling regulatory networks
Melanie Filiatrault
Melanie Filiatrault

Courtesy Associate Professor

School of Integrative Plant Science

Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section

Melanie Filiatrault
  • mjf66 [at] cornell.edu
Bacterial plant pathogens
Small non-coding RNAs and RNA binding proteins
Pseudomonas syringae
A man in the greenhouse examines grape plants
Marc Fuchs

Professor

School of Integrative Plant Science

Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section

Cornell AgriTech

Marc Fuchs
Virus diseases of fruit and vegetable crops
Grape viruses
Plant virus-insect vector interactions
David Gadoury
David Gadoury

Research Associate, Sr.

School of Integrative Plant Science

Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section

Cornell AgriTech

David Gadoury
Diseases of grapevine, apple, and strawberry
Powdery mildew
Downy mildew
stewart gray
Stewart Gray

Courtesy Professor

School of Integrative Plant Science

Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section

Stewart Gray
  • smg3 [at] cornell.edu
Plant virus-insect vector interactions
Virus diseases of potato and grain crops
Maria Harrison
Maria Harrison

Adjunct Professor

School of Integrative Plant Science

Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section

Maria Harrison
Arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis
Phosphate acquisition
Michelle Heck
Michelle Heck

Adjunct Associate Professor

School of Integrative Plant Science

Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section

Michelle Heck
  • mlc68 [at] cornell.edu
Molecular interactions among plant pathogens, insect vectors, and plant hosts
Jian  Hua
Jian Hua

Professor

School of Integrative Plant Science

Plant Biology Section

Jian Hua
Environmental responses; Adaptation; temperature; immunity; plants
Lori Huberman
Lori Huberman

Assistant Professor

School of Integrative Plant Science

Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section

Lori Huberman
  • huberman [at] cornell.edu
How fungi interact with the environment
Nutrient sensing in filamentous fungi
High-throughput functional genomics
Man examining an apple tree
Awais Khan

Associate Professor

School of Integrative Plant Science

Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section

Cornell AgriTech

Awais Khan
Mechanisms of host disease resistance in apples; particularly to fire blight and apple scab
Quantitative genetics, genomics, genetic diversity, and pre-breeding
Rapid disease detection, pathogen identification, and high-throughput phenotyping tools
Daniel Klessig
Daniel Klessig

Adjunct Professor

School of Integrative Plant Science

Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section

Daniel Klessig
  • dfk8 [at] cornell.edu
Mechanisms of plant immunity
Systemic acquired resistance
Salicylic acid signaling
head of woman
Magdalen Lindeberg

Assistant Director

School of Integrative Plant Science

Magdalen Lindeberg
Gregory Martin
Gregory Martin

Professor

School of Integrative Plant Science

Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section

Gregory Martin
Molecular basis of plant immunity
Plant defense against bacterial pathogens
Margaret McGrath
Margaret McGrath

Associate Professor

School of Integrative Plant Science

Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section

Margaret McGrath
Diseases of vegetable crops
Fungicide resistance
Powdery mildew, Downy mildew Phytophthora
patricia mowery
Patricia Mowery

Adjunct Associate Professor

School of Integrative Plant Science

Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section

Geneva Plant Pathology

Patricia Mowery
Xylella fastidiosa, the bacterial plant pathogen that causes Pierce's disease in grapes
Rebecca Nelson
Rebecca Nelson

Professor

School of Integrative Plant Science

Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section

Plant Breeding and Genetics Section

Professor

Department of Global Development

Rebecca Nelson
Genetics of quantitative disease resistance in plants
International agriculture and rural development
Mycotoxin management
Teresa E. Pawlowska
Teresa Pawlowska

Associate Professor

School of Integrative Plant Science

Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section

Teresa Pawlowska
Evolutionary and population genomics
Innate immunity in fungi and fungal-bacterial interactions
Arbuscular mycorrhizae
keith perry
Keith Perry

Associate Professor

School of Integrative Plant Science

Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section

Keith Perry
Plant virus - insect vector interactions
Diagnostic technologies
Virus diseases of potato and grape
A woman stands in front of a brick wall
Sarah Pethybridge

Associate Professor

School of Integrative Plant Science

Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section

Cornell AgriTech

Sarah Pethybridge
Diseases of vegetables
Sclerotinia
Epidemiology and fungicide resistance
jocelyn rose
Jocelyn Rose

Professor and Chair

School of Integrative Plant Science

Plant Biology Section

Jocelyn Rose
Plant structural polymers, cell wall structure and function
Cuticles and plant surfaces
Fruit biology
Chris Smart
Christine Smart

Director

School of Integrative Plant Science

Professor

School of Integrative Plant Science

Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section

Christine Smart
Biology and management of vegetable diseases
Host-pathogen interactions
Bryan Swingle
Bryan Swingle

Courtesy Assistant Professor

School of Integrative Plant Science

Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section

Bryan Swingle
  • bms45 [at] cornell.edu
Regulation of bacterial stress tolerance
Genetic recombination
Pseudomonas syringae
Barbara  Gillian Turgeon
B. Gillian Turgeon

Professor and Chair

School of Integrative Plant Science

Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section

B. Gillian Turgeon
Fungal pathogens of cereals
Fungal genomics
Secondary metabolites
Xiaohong Wang
Xiaohong Wang

Courtesy Professor

School of Integrative Plant Science

Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section

Xiaohong Wang
Plant-nematode interactions
Potato cyst nematodes
Nematode effector function
Stephen Winans

Professor

Microbiology

Stephen Winans