The Department of Plant Pathology has
13 full-time faculty
positions in Research and Extension,
and is well supported by
and clerical staff. We
are a small department, but by
concentrating our resources, we have built
one of the most ambitious research
programs in molecular plant-microbe
interactions in the field. The
program offers Masters and
Ph.D. degrees. It is a highly
selective program with a strong focus
on intensive advising.
We are firmly committed to cutting-edge,
basic plant pathology research. We
focus our research on plant-microbe
interactions, especially those involving
viruses and fungi. Our faculty members
have earned international reputations
and numerous honors for their research.
Our department attracts generous extramural
support for our research, and as a
result, our facilities are exceptionally
well equipped for modern plant pathology
and molecular biology research.
One of the Nation's Finest
In each of three consecutive Academic Analytics assessments of faculty scholarly productivity in doctoral programs nationwide, our Ph.D. program has consistently ranked in the top four in its field, including once in the Number 1 spot. The assessments focused on factors such as grants, publications, citations, and awards. Our ranking reflects not only on the quality of the faculty, but also on the many talented and energetic graduate students, postdoctoral scientists and staff who participate in our research and extension missions.