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

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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.

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Upcoming Events

Posy Busby Oregon State
PLPA 250 Seminar- Posy Busby, Oregon State University
October 22, 2020 @ 12:00 pm
ZOOM Link Contact: margarita.flores@ucr.edu
The Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology's weekly Plant Pathology 250 seminar series is presented this week by Posy Busby from Oregon State University  Seminar Title: "Differentiating host genetic from environmental drivers of plant microbiome composition and function"  Seminar Description: My seminar will address the…
Michelle Heck (Cornell)
PLPA 250 Seminar- Michelle Heck, Cornell University
October 15, 2020 @ 12:00 pm
ZOOM Link Contact:margarita.flores@ucr.edu
The Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology's weekly Plant Pathology 250 seminar series is presented this week by Michelle Heck from Cornell University  Seminar Title: "Coupling evolutionary and molecular biology to probe the vector-pathogen interface"  Biography: Dr. Michelle Heck completed her PhD degree in 2005 at Cold…
Rytas Vilgalys
PLPA 250 Seminar- Rytas Vilgalys, Duke University
October 08, 2020 @ 12:00 pm
ZOOM Link Contact: margarita.flores@ucr.edu
The Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology's weekly Plant Pathology 250 seminar series is presented this week by Rytas Vilgalys from Duke University. Seminar Title: "Genetics of linked plant-fungal invasions: tracing the origin and evolution of microbial communities introduced with exotic pine forests in the southern…
Cynthia Gleason
PLPA 250 Seminar- Cynthia Gleason, Washington State University
October 01, 2020 @ 12:00 pm
ZOOM LINK CONTACT: margarita.flores@ucr.edu
The Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology's weekly Plant Pathology 250 seminar series is presented this week by Cynthia Gleason from Washington State University. Seminar Title: "Enhancing potato resistance against root-knot nematodes"  Biography: Cynthia Gleason an assistant professor at Washington State University in…
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