University of California, Riverside

Plant Pathology and Microbiology



 J Adaskaveg

 Jim Adaskaveg

Office Location: 242 Fawcett Lab
Phone: (951) 827-7577

Professor of Plant Pathology - Plant Pathologist, Mycologist, and Epidemiologist
Biology, epidemiology, and ecology of plant pathogenic fungi


 Michael F. Allen

 Office Location:3207 Batchelor Hall 
 Phone: (951) 827-5494

Professor of Plant Pathology & Biology & Microbiology & Ecologist; Director, Center for Conservation Biology
Biology and ecology of microbial-plant-soil interactions

 Emma L. Aronson

Office Location: 3411 Boyce Hall 
Phone: (951) 827-4201

Assistant Professor
Soil microbial ecology and biogeochemistry

 Katherine Borkovich 

 Office Location: 1234B Genomics
 Phone: (951) 827-2753

Chair; Professor of Plant Pathology & Fungal Cell Biologist/Biochemist
Fungal cell and molecular biology; functional genomics of fungi

 James Borneman

 Office Location:3407 Boyce Hall 
 Phone: (951) 827-3584

Professor & Vice Chair
Microbial Ecology

 Michael D. Coffey

 Office Location:2435 Boyce Hall 
 Phone: (951) 827-4764

Professor of Plant Pathology & Plant Pathologist
Phytophthora systematics, genetics, and pathology

 Shou-Wei Ding

 Office Location: 3202A Genomics
 Phone: (951) 827-2341

Professor and Plant Pathologist
Molecular Virology

 Akif Eskalen

 Office Location:232 Fawcett Lab 
 Phone: (951) 827-3499

Associate Specialist in Cooperative Extension, Plant Pathology & Associate Plant Pathologist
Etiology, biology and epidemiology of fungal diseases of subtropical crops
emma gachomo

Emma Gachomo

Office Location: 2317B Webber Hall 
Phone: (951) 827-4115

Assistant Professor of Plant Pathology & Microbiology and Assistant Plant Pathologist

Rong Hai

Office Location:4488 Boyce Hall 
Phone: (951) 827-3910

Assistant Professor of Virology

Ansel Hsiao

Office Location:3263 Webber Hall
Phone: (951) 827-2525

Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Assistant Microbiologist


 Hailing Jin

Office Location: 3234B Genomics
Phone: (951) 827-7995

Professor & Molecular Geneticist
Director of Genetics, Genomics and Bioinformatics Graduate Program

Gene regulation and signal transduction in plant immunity


 Howard Judelson

Office Location: 1234A Genomics
Phone: (951) 827-4199

Professor of Plant Pathology
Molecular biology and genomics of oomycetes, with an emphasis on the growth and pathogenesis of Phytophthora

 Wenbo Ma

Office Location: 1234C Genomics
Phone: (951) 827-4349

Professor of Plant Pathology and Plant Pathologist
Molecular Plant-Pathogen Interactions

 Patricia Manosalva

Office Location:3485 Boyce Hall 
Phone: (951) 827-3773

Assistant Professor & Director of the Avocado Rootstock Breeding Program- Plant Pathologist, Molecular Biologist and Biochemist
Molecular and genetic basis of plant immunity against oomycete pathogens with an emphasis on Phytophthora cinnamomi. Avocado Molecular-Assisted Breeding

 James Ng

Office Location:3233 Webber Hall 
Phone: (951) 827-4239

Associate Professor and Associate Plant Pathologist
Plant Virology, virus-insect vector interactions

Alexander Putman

Office Location: 238 Fawcett Lab 
Phone: (951) 827-4212

Assistant Specialist in Cooperative Extension and Assistant Plant Pathologist

 A.L.N Rao

Office Location: 3259 Webber Hall 
Phone: (951) 827-3810

Professor of Plant Pathology & Microbiology
Molecular biology of virus-host interactions: Replication and genome packaging in RNA viruses infecting plants and insects.

 Caroline Roper

Office Location:3441 Boyce Hall 
Phone: (951) 827-3510

Associate Professor of Plant Pathology & Plant Pathologist
Molecular basis of the host/pathogen interactions of vector borne plant pathogenic bacteria and the role of the phytobiome in plant health and disease tolerance.


 Jason E. Stajich

Office Location: 1207K Genomics
Phone: (951) 827-2363

Associate Professor & Associate Bioinformaticist
Evolutionary and population genomics of fungi

 Georgios Vidalakis

Office Location: 2491 Boyce Hall 
Phone: (951) 827-3763

Director of the Citrus Clonal Protection Program, Associate Specialist in Cooperative Extension, Plant Pathology & Associate Plant Pathologist & Lecturer
Citrus viral diseases

Cooperating Faculty Members


 xuemei chen

 Xuemei Chen 

Office Location: 4234A Genomics 
Phone: (951) 827-3988

Professor of Plant Cell and Molecular Biology 

Cell fate specification and stem cell regulation in flower development; molecular mechanisms of microRNA metabolism and RNA silencing
 isgouhi kaloshian

 Isgouhi Kaloshian

Office Location: 2107A Genomics
Phone: (951) 827-3913

 Professor, Department of Nematology
 philip roberts

Philip Roberts

Office Location: 2251 Spieth
Phone: (951) 827-7332


 Professor and Chair, Department of Nematology

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