Research Opportunities

August 2019 Graduate Assistantships are available

Our department brings together a strong group of faculty representing diverse interests in basic and applied plant pathology, including biotechnology, mycology, nematology, phytobacteriology, and virology. Areas of research available for graduate study include:

  • Air Pollution
  • Alternative Management Strategies
  • Biological Control of Diseases
  • Diseases of Fruits, Vegetables, Field Crops, Turfgrass, and Ornamentals
  • Epidemiology
  • Forest Pathology
  • Fungal Genetics
  • Host-Parasite Interactions
  • Microbial Ecology
  • Molecular Fungal Taxonomy
  • Mushroom Culture and Pathology
  • Mycotoxicology
  • Non-indigenous Diseases (in cooperation with USDA-Fort Detrick)
  • Phytobiomes
  • Plant Responses to Environmental Stress
  • Root-Pathogen Interactions
  • Translational Taxonomy
  • Virus-Vector Relationships

For more research information, please visit Faculty Labs.

Penn State's Institutes of Energy and the Environment and The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences provide opportunities for interdisciplinary research. Intercollege programs in plant physiology, ecology, and genetics, as well as federally-funded training programs directly related to plant pathology, also facilitate collaborative study.