Plant Biology contacts

233 Emerson Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
Phone: 607-255-5459

Chair: William Crepet
wlc1 [at] (wlc1[at]cornell[dot]edu)
Phone: 607-255-4075

Chair's Assistant: Karin Jantz
kpg2 [at] (kpg2[at]cornell[dot]edu)
Phone: 607-255-4075

Director of Graduate Studies:mjs298 [at] ( Michael Scanlon)
Phone: 607- 254-1156

Graduate Field Assistant:kpg2 [at] ( Karin Jantz)
Phone: 607-255-4075

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Tenured and Tenure-track Faculty, Senior Research Associates, Senior Extension Associates, and Senior Lecturers

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These faculty have primary affiliations with other SIPS sections and Cornell units or with USDA-ARS

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Faculty emeriti and other retired academics

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Graduate students in the Field of Plant Biology

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Post-doctoral associates, research associates, extension associates, and lecturers

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Staff members support research scientists, maintain greenhouses and research fields, and manage administrative functions

Plant Biology News

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Collaboration across borders
  • Department of Global Development
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Plant Biology Section
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The U.S. National Science Foundation has awarded the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source $20 million to build a new precision X-ray beamline for research on biological and environmental systems.

  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Soil and Crop Sciences Section
  • Plant Biology Section
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Mandayam Parthasarathy, Ph.D. ’66, whose research shifted fundamental understanding of internal plant structures, died Aug. 7 in Ithaca. A professor emeritus of plant biology, Parthasarathy was 91.

  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Plant Biology Section
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 Plant biologist Laura Gunn has been awarded a Department of Energy Early Career Award to study ancient enzymes for potential use in modern photosynthesis.

  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Plant Biology Section
  • Biology
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Cornell researchers have successfully transferred key regions of a highly efficient red algae into a tobacco plant to dramatically improve plant productivity and increase carbon sequestration.

  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Plant Biology Section
  • Field Crops