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

UCR Belltower
PLPA 250 Seminar- Fabiola Pulido-Chavez & Christopher Drozd
March 04, 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: Fabiola Pulido-Chavez, PLPA Graduate Student  Seminar Title: "Fine-scale temporal succession of soil microbial communities in California chaparral" Biography: Fabiola Pulido is a third-year Ph.D. student in…
UCR Belltower
PLPA 250 Seminar- Moriaki Saito
February 25, 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: Moriaki Saito, PLPA Graduate Student  Seminar Title: "Investigating new players in RNAi machinery to fine-tune plant immunity against bacterial pathogens" Biography: Moriaki Saito is a 2nd year graduate…
UCR Belltower
PLPA 250 Seminar- Albert Nguyen & Chaydon O'Fallon
February 18, 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: Albert Nguyen, PLPA Graduate Student  Seminar Title: "Challenges in postharvest decay management of citrus in California." Biography: Albert Nguyen is a 2nd year graduate student in Dr. Jim Adaskaveg's lab.…
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PLPA 250 Seminar- Dr. Rong Hai, UC Riverside Topic: COVID-19
February 11, 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. Rong Hai, Assistant Professor of Virology, Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology, UC Riverside  Seminar Topic: COVID-19 
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