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.

Department News

Upcoming Events

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MCBL 250 Seminar - Noralhuda Ismail & Mark Swenson
May 22, 2024 @ 12:00 pm
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The Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology's weekly Plant Pathology 250 seminar series is presented this week by: Noralhuda Ismail, Microbiology Graduate Student (Ph.D.), UC Riverside  Seminar Title: "Characterization of a M36 metalloprotease from Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, the Frog-Killing Chytrid" Biography…
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MCBL 250 Seminar - Melissa Gomez & Jorge Pastrana
May 15, 2024 @ 12:00 pm
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The Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology's weekly Plant Pathology 250 seminar series is presented this week by: Melissa Gomez, Microbiology Graduate Student (M.S.), UC Riverside Seminar Title: "Genome Engineering With RNA-Integrating Targetable Endonucleases to Enhance Transgene Insertion in Mammalian Cells" Biography…
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MCBL 250 Seminar - Siyi Ge & Talyssa Topacio
May 05, 2024 @ 12:00 pm
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The Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology's weekly Plant Pathology 250 seminar series is presented this week by: Siyi Ge, Microbiology Graduate Student (PhD), UC Riverside  Seminar Title: "AI-1 signals affect gut microbiota through modulating secondary bile acid synthesis" Biography: I am a fifth-year PhD…
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MCBL 250 Seminar - Basubi Binti Zhilik & Esbeiry Cordova-Ortiz
May 01, 2024 @ 12:00 pm
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The Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology's weekly Plant Pathology 250 seminar series is presented this week by: Basubi Binti Zhilik, Microbiology Graduate Student (PhD), UC Riverside  Seminar Title: "Influence of Prescribed Burn Season on Soil Microbial Abundance, Richness, and Resilience in a Mixed Conifer Forest…
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