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Department of Microbiology & Plant Pathology

 

 

 

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Meet our Department Chair:

Dr. Katherine Borkovich is the chair of the department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology. Her research focuses on fungal cell and molecular biology and functional genomics of fungi. Her office can be located in Genomics 1234B and she can be reached by email at katherine.borkovich@ucr.edu.

 

 

Message from the Chair:

Welcome to the Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology 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

 

Upcoming Events

Robert Todd Creighton Univ
PLPA 250 Seminar- Robert Todd, Creighton University
March 05, 2020 @ 12:00 pm
1102A Genomics Auditorium, UC Riverside
The Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology's weekly Plant Pathology 250 seminar series is presented this week by Robert Todd from Creighton University. Seminar Title: "Expandable and reversible copy number amplifications drive rapid adaptation to antifungal drugs in Candida albicans” Abstract: Copy number variation (CNV…
Sara and Gabriel
PLPA 250 Seminar- Sara Dorhmi & Gabriel Ortiz
February 27, 2020 @ 12:00 pm
1102A Genomics Auditorium, UC Riverside
The Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology's weekly Plant Pathology 250 seminar series is presented this week by: Sara Dorhmi, PLPA Graduate Student  Seminar Title: : “Natural and Applied Host Induced Gene Silencing  During Phytophthora Infection”  Biography: Sara is a third year PhD candidate in Dr. Wenbo Ma's lab. She…
Claudia and Chris
PLPA 250 Seminar- Claudia Castro & Christopher Drozd
February 20, 2020 @ 12:00 pm
1102A Genomics Auditorium, UC Riverside
The Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology's weekly Plant Pathology 250 seminar series is presented this week by: Claudia Castro, PLPA Graduate Student  Seminar Title: : “Lipopolysaccharide primes Vitis vinifera for enhanced defense against Xylella fastidiosa” Biography: Claudia is a fifth year PhD candidate in Dr.…
Beth and Chien-Hao
PLPA 250 Seminar- Beth Peacock & Chien-Hao Tseng
February 13, 2020 @ 12:00 pm
1102A Genomics Auditorium, UC Riverside
The Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology's weekly Plant Pathology 250 seminar series is presented this week by: Beth Peacock, PLPA Graduate Student  Seminar Title: “Why Do HLB Survivor Trees Persist? Probing the Microbiome and Transcriptome" Biography: : Beth Peacock is a 4th year PhD candidate in lab of Dr. James…

Department Statistics

$7.08M
In Grants and External Funding received in 2018
23
Faculty Members
54
Department Graduate Students