University of California, Riverside

Plant Pathology and Microbiology



Department News

Welcome to our new faculty member Dr. Emma Gachomo

emma gachomoDr. Emma Gachomo joins the department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology from Rutgers University. Her office will be temporarily located in Webber Hall 2317A and she may be reached at

May 2016 Dr. Katherine Borkovich wins Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award


Congratulations to Dr. Katherine Borkovich on receiving this outstanding award for her dedication and excellence in teaching. 



Hailing Jin Elected fellow of the America Association for the Advancement of Science

hailingTo be elected a fellow of the AAAS, you must be a member for a least 4 years and whose efforts on behalf of the advancement of science or its applications are scientifically or socially distinguished.

Read the UCR TODAY post here or the AAAS website

 Jim Adaskaveg wins the APS Pacific Division Lifetime Achievement Award 

adaskaveg Life time Achievement Award from the American Phytopathological Society- Pacific Division 



February 2016 Team led by Dr. Wenbo Ma receive 4 million dollar grant

georgios and wenbo 
Dr. Wenbo Ma and Dr. Georgios Vidalakis will be collaborating on research to fight Huanglongbing also known as Citrus Greening Disease.

 Read the UCR Today ariticle here or visit the USDA website for the annoucement

April 2016 Welcome to our new faculty member Dr. Alex Putman

putmanDr. Alex Putman has joined our faculty. His lab and office are located in Fawcett Lab 238 and he can be reached at


April. 2016 In the News: Dr. Akif Eskalen

Dr. Akif Eskalen is featured in this piece by the LA Times regarding the polyphagous shot-hole borer. Read the article here:   UC Irvine's leafy campus is now one big laboratory to fight tree killing beetle- LA Times 



Plant Pathologist Awarded Nearly 2 Million- UCR Today 

3-D-Printed Devices Help Scientists Trap, Study Tree-Damaging Bugs-Voice of America

Avocado Beetle Could Spread Uncontrollably-San Diego Union Tribune 

November 2015 PPM Chair Teaches a Research-Based Capstone Course in Experimental Microbiology that leads to published manuscript with undergraduate students-Inside UCR

July 2015.Scientist fight to save iconic UC Irvine trees from invasive beetle-KPCC

October 2015 .Welcome to New Faculty Rong Hai and Ansel Hsiao

Hailing Jin Published in Nature Communications-Inside UCR

To Wilt or Not to WiltUCR Today 

Project Launched to Study Evolutionary History of Fungi-UCR Today


Message from the Chair

"Welcome to the Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology at the University of California, Riverside! Our departmental goals are to conduct research on the basic biology of plant pathogens and microbes, to develop methods for the management of microbial diseases of plants and other organisms, to provide a quality education to our students; and be a repository of expert advice on plant diseases and microbiology to the citizens of California and the world.

Our department has its roots in the Citrus Experiment Station, which was established in Riverside in 1905. Although the department has maintained strength in the study of diseases of citrus, the scope has expanded to include concentrations in numerous other plant diseases as well as many sub-disciplines of microbiology. Represented among our faculty are experts in the fields of genetics, genomics, bioinformatics, molecular biology, cell biology, biochemistry, ecology, evolutionary biology, and traditional aspects of disease control. Many faculty members have close interactions with industry representatives, advisors, and policy makers throughout California and worldwide. This is critical to applied research for identifying emerging and common plant diseases and microbes, and developing innovative management programs based on ecological and epidemiological approaches. 

On the following pages, I invite you to explore the research programs of our world-class faculty, our critical work in cooperative extension, and the graduate and undergraduate programs that we sponsor."- Katherine Borkovich


More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology
Boyce Hall

Tel: (951) 827-3598
Fax: (951) 827-2364