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Plant Biology

Field Description

In addition to studying a major subject in the Field of Plant Biology, students also take course work in two other minor subjects of their choice, either in or outside the field. The field has no language requirement.

Students who want to major in plant ecology are encouraged to apply through the Field of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

Research facilities:
The field provides equipment and expertise in all research programs related to the special interests of the faculty. Instrumentation of modern molecular and biochemical techniques, visible and electron microscopy, biological spectrometry, and computing equipment are available. Growth chambers, cell culture and transformation facilities, greenhouses, and field plots are also readily available. Wiegand Herbarium, adjacent to the Plant Science Building, houses one of the nation's major systematics resources.


Contact Information

Website: http://www.plantbio.cornell.edu/grad.html
Email: kpg2@cornell.edu
Phone: 607 255-4075

412 Mann Library Building
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY  14853

Subject and Degrees

Concentrations by Subject

Plant Biology

  • cytology
  • paleobotany
  • plant biochemistry
  • plant cell biology
  • plant ecology
  • plant molecular biology
  • plant morphology, anatomy, and biomechanics
  • plant physiology
  • systematic botany

Faculty

Stephane Bentolila

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Plant Biology: plant cell biology; plant molecular biology
  • Research Interests: cytoplasmic male sterility in plants; RNA editing; molecular genetics; genome editing; organellar gene expression

Thomas Nils Erik Bjorkman

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Plant Biology: cytology; plant cell biology; plant physiology
  • Research Interests: developmental physiology of vegetables; environmental regulation and root development

Adam Bogdanove

  • Campus:
  • Concentrations: Plant Biology: plant molecular biology
  • Research Interests: plant pathology, gene editing, plant pathogen interaction

Alan Raymond Collmer

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Plant Biology: plant molecular biology
  • Research Interests: functional genomics of bacterial-pathogen interactions with emphasis on secreted bacterial virulence proteins

William L Crepet

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Plant Biology: paleobotany; systematic botany
  • Research Interests: paleobotany; systematics and evolution of angiosperms; evolutionary history of floral structure and angiosperm pollination mechanisms

Jerrold I Davis

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Plant Biology: systematic botany
  • Research Interests: botanical systematics; phylogenetics of monocots, particularly grasses; nature of species, and their delimitation

Jeffrey J Doyle

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Plant Biology: plant molecular biology; systematic botany
  • Research Interests: molecular plant systematics; gene phylogeny and evolution; evolution of nodulation

Margaret Hannah Frank

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Plant Biology: plant cell biology; plant molecular biology; plant morphology, anatomy, and biomechanics; plant physiology
  • Research Interests: graft-induced vigor, long-range molecular signaling in chimeric plants

Susheng Gan

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Plant Biology: plant molecular biology; plant physiology
  • Research Interests: plant genomics, molecular regulatory mechanisms and biotechnology of plant senescence; molecular post-harvest biology

Maria Alejandra Gandolfo Nixon

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Plant Biology: paleobotany; plant morphology, anatomy, and biomechanics; systematic botany
  • Research Interests: angiosperm, origin and diversification

James Jeff Giovannoni

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Plant Biology: plant biochemistry; plant molecular biology; plant physiology
  • Research Interests: molecular genetics of fruit development and ripening; plant biochemistry

Maureen R Hanson

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Plant Biology: cytology; plant cell biology; plant molecular biology
  • Research Interests: organelle gene and genome structure and expression; RNA editing; nuclear genes for organelle proteins

Maria J. Harrison

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Plant Biology: plant cell biology; plant molecular biology
  • Research Interests: molecular basis of arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis; plant phosphate transport; plant phosphate nutrition; root biology

Jian Hua

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Plant Biology: plant cell biology; plant molecular biology
  • Research Interests: molecular genetics of temperature responses in plants; regulation of plant defense responses

Georg Jander

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Plant Biology: plant biochemistry; plant molecular biology; plant physiology
  • Research Interests: plant-insect interactions; plant amino acid biosynthesis; plant biochemistry

Andre Kessler

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Plant Biology: plant ecology; plant molecular biology
  • Research Interests: molecular and chemical ecology; plant-insect interactions; induced plant responses to herbivory

Leon Vincent Kochian

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Plant Biology: cytology; plant biochemistry; plant cell biology; plant molecular biology; plant physiology
  • Research Interests: molecular physiology of plant ion transport; plant abiotic stress tolerance; plant biochemistry

Li Li

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Plant Biology: plant molecular biology
  • Research Interests: enhancement of nutritional value of food crops

Fay-Wei Li

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Plant Biology: plant molecular biology; plant morphology, anatomy, and biomechanics; systematic botany

Gregory B Martin

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Plant Biology: plant biochemistry; plant molecular biology
  • Research Interests: molecular basis of disease resistance in plants; signal transduction; genomics; applications of genetic engineering

Susan Rutherford McCouch

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Plant Biology: plant molecular biology
  • Research Interests: development and application of molecular tools for rice improvement

Gaurav Dilip Moghe

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Plant Biology: plant biochemistry; plant physiology; systematic botany
  • Research Interests: evolutionary biochemistry of metabolomic diversity inplants

Martha Ann Mutschler

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Plant Biology: plant molecular biology
  • Research Interests: pest resistance and use of wild species in tomato and onion

June Bowman Nasrallah

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Plant Biology: cytology; plant cell biology; plant molecular biology
  • Research Interests: self-incompatibility phenomena; cell-cell interactions in plants

Karl Joseph Niklas

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Plant Biology: paleobotany; plant morphology, anatomy, and biomechanics
  • Research Interests: plant evolution, morphology, and biomechanics

Kevin C Nixon

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Plant Biology: systematic botany
  • Research Interests: taxonomy of oaks (Quercus); cladistic theory; paleobotany and phylogeny of angiosperms; cladistic computer programs

Thomas G Owens

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Plant Biology: plant biochemistry; plant molecular biology; plant physiology
  • Research Interests: physiology; biophysics and regulation of photosynthesis; plant stress responses; plant biochemistry

Wojtek Pawlowski

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Plant Biology: plant molecular biology
  • Research Interests: plant molecular biology; meiosis mechanisms of homologous chromosome pairing and meiotic recombination

Miguel Alfonso Pineros

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Plant Biology: plant molecular biology; plant physiology
  • Research Interests: ion transport, stress response, aluminum tolerance, calcium signaling

Robert A. Raguso

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Plant Biology: plant biochemistry; plant ecology
  • Research Interests: chemical communication between flowering plants and their pollinators and natural enemies

Eric J. Richards

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Plant Biology: plant cell biology; plant molecular biology
  • Research Interests: epigenetics of Arabidopsis

Adrienne H.K. Roeder

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Plant Biology: plant cell biology; plant molecular biology; plant morphology, anatomy, and biomechanics; plant physiology
  • Research Interests: plant development; molecular genetics; cell division; cell differention

Jocelyn K. C. Rose

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Plant Biology: plant biochemistry; plant cell biology; plant molecular biology; plant physiology
  • Research Interests: structure and function of plant cell walls and the critical role that primary walls play in the regulation of most aspects of plant growth and development

Michael J. Scanlon

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Plant Biology: plant molecular biology; plant morphology, anatomy, and biomechanics
  • Research Interests: plant development; comparative analysis of meristem function; evolution of leaf morphology

Timothy Lloyd Setter

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Plant Biology: plant physiology
  • Research Interests: environmental stress response - hormonal and sugar signaling; cell division; reproductive abortion

Jed P Sparks

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Plant Biology: plant physiology
  • Research Interests: plant physiological ecology; plant physiology; biosphere-atmosphere interactions; stable isotopes

Chelsea Dvorak Specht

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Plant Biology: plant morphology, anatomy, and biomechanics; systematic botany
  • Research Interests: molecular evolution, genetics and genomics of trait evolution including floral development, carnivory and plant thermogensis

David B Stern

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Plant Biology: plant molecular biology
  • Research Interests: regulation of plant organelle gene expression by nuclear factors

E Robert Turgeon

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Plant Biology: cytology; plant cell biology; plant molecular biology; plant morphology, anatomy, and biomechanics; plant physiology
  • Research Interests: phloem transport; carbohydrate synthesis; phloem loading; structure and function of plasmodesmata

Klaas Van Wijk

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Plant Biology: plant biochemistry; plant molecular biology; plant physiology
  • Research Interests: chloroplast biogenesis; proteomics; mass spectrometry; protein complexes; Arabiodopsis; plant biochemistry

Olena K. Vatamaniuk

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Plant Biology: plant molecular biology; plant physiology
  • Research Interests: molecular analysis of heavy metal detoxification in plants; proteome and metabolome responses to heave metal toxicity

Randy O Wayne

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Plant Biology: cytology; plant cell biology; plant physiology
  • Research Interests: understanding plant cell responses of light, gravity, and salt stress