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

 
Howard Judelson
Meet our Department Chair:

Dr. Howard Judelson is the chair of the department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology. His laboratory research focuses on the eukaryotic microbe Phytophthora infestans, which is responsible for the late blight diseases of tomato and potato His office can be located in Genomics 1234A and he can be reached by email at howard.judelson@ucr.edu.

Upcoming Events

Joanne Emerson
PLPA 250 Seminar- Joanne Emerson, UC Davis
October 14, 2021 @ 12:00 pm
ZOOM Link Contact: caroline.roper@ucr.edu
The Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology's weekly Plant Pathology 250 seminar series is presented this week by Dr. Joanne Emerson, Assistant Professor, UC Davis Seminar Title: "Exploring soil viromes in natural and managed ecosystems" Abstract: Viruses have been recognized as abundant but virtually unknown members of…
Lindsay Triplett PLPA 250
PLPA 250 Seminar- Lindsay Triplett, Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station
October 07, 2021 @ 12:00 pm
ZOOM Link Contact: caroline.roper@ucr.edu
The Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology's weekly Plant Pathology 250 seminar series is presented this week by Dr. Lindsay Triplett, Plant Bacteriologist, Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station. Seminar Title: "It's rough outside the plant: Bacteria at the interface of antimicrobials and predators" Abstract: In…
Marcos VC Sepulveda UCR
PLPA 250 Seminar- Marcos Vinicius Caifa Sepulveda, UC Riverside
September 30, 2021 @ 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 Dr. Marcos Vinicius Caifa Sepulveda, Postdoctoral Scholar, UC Riverside  Seminar Title: “Discovering the role of Patagonian birds in the dispersal of truffles and other mycorrhizal fungi” Biography: Marcos is…
Tiffany Lowe-Power UC Davis
PLPA 250 Seminar- Tiffany Lowe-Power, UC Davis
September 23, 2021 @ 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 Dr. Tiffany Lowe-Power, UC Davis. Seminar Title: "Using high-throughput genetics (RB-TnSeq) to map the fitness landscape of plant pathogenic Ralstonia" Faculty Host: Caroline Roper; caroline.roper@ucr.edu
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