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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

Matthew Kasson
PLPA 250 Seminar- Dr. Matthew Kasson
December 05, 2019 @ 12:00 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. Matthew Kasson from West Virginia University Seminar Title: Deciphering fungus-arthropod interactions: from ambrosia fungi to cicada-killing “zygomycetes" Biography: Dr. Kasson in an assistant professor of…
Joel  Sachs
PLPA 250 Seminar- Dr. Joel Sachs
November 21, 2019 @ 12:00 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. Joel Sachs, from UC Riverside. Seminar Title: “Rapid evolutionary shifts from mutualist to cheater in plant-associated bacteria” Abstract: Bacterial symbioses generate major fitness benefits for eukaryotic…
Chien Yu Huang
PLPA 250 Seminar- Dr. Chien Yu Huang
November 14, 2019 @ 12:00 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. Chien Yu Huang, Postdoctoral Scholar from UC Riverside Seminar Title: “Combating citrus HLB and potato ZC using a citrus-derived antimicrobial peptides” Abstract: Candidatus Liberibacter species are the…
Devin Coleman-Derr
PLPA 250 Seminar- Dr. Devin Coleman-Derr
November 07, 2019 @ 12:00 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. Devin Coleman-Derr from the University of California Berkeley and the USDA-ARS Albany, CA. Seminar Title: “Crop microbiomes and envrionmental stress” Abstract: Plant-associated microbial communities…

Department Statistics

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