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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

MPP Awards Ceremony Flyer 2019
Invited Lecturer- Dr. Mark Mazzola, USDA-ARS, Wenatchee WA
April 04, 2019 @ 12:10 pm
Genomics Auditorium 1102A, UC Riverside
Microbiology and Plant Pathology Awards Ceremony and Graduate Student Invited Lectureship Lectureship presented by: Dr. Mark Mazzola, Research Plant Pathologist, USDA-ARS Wenatchee, WA Lecture Title: "Engineering indigenous microbiomes to secure sustained soil-borne disease suppression" Abstract: Interventions targeted on…
Ye Xu and Nat Pombubpa
PLPA 250 Seminar-Ye Xu & Nat Pombubpa
March 14, 2019 @ 12:10 pm
Genomics Auditorium 1102A, UC Riverside
The Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology's weekly Plant Pathology 250 seminar series is presented this week by: Ye Xu Seminar Title: “Mechanisms Underlying the Subcellular Localization of Arabidopsis AGO1" Biography: Ye is a fourth-year PhD student in Xuemei Chen's lab. Her research focuses on dissecting the…
Liliana Cano
PLPA 250 Seminar-Dr. Lilana Cano, University of Florida
March 06, 2019 @ 12:10 pm
Genomics Auditorium 1102A, UC Riverside
The Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology's weekly Plant Pathology 250 seminar series is presented this week by Dr. Liliana Cano from the University of Florida. Seminar Title: “Investigating effectors from plant pathogens” Biography: Dr. Liliana M. Cano, Assistant Professor in Plant Pathology, University of Florida (UF…
Antara and Claudia
PLPA 250 Seminar-Antara Chakravarty & Claudia Castro
February 28, 2019 @ 12:10 pm
Genomics Auditorium 1102A, UC Riverside
The Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology's weekly Plant Pathology 250 seminar series is presented this week by: Antara Chakravarty Seminar Title: “Capsid Dynamics of Tripartite Brome Mosaic Virus Assembled Independently In Vivo" Biography: : Antara is a fourth year PhD candidate in Prof. ALN Rao’s lab studying viral…

Department Statistics

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