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Maureen Hanson, professor of Plant Biology and molecular biology and genetics, and graduate student Alexandra Mandarano at the Agilent Seahorse Flux Analyzer, which analyzes cellular metabolism.


Angela Douglas, professor of insect physiology and toxicology, and Georg Jander, adjunct associate professor of plant biology, dust for aphids on a tobacco plant


Professor, Mike Scanlon and grad students in the Scanlon Lab

Jocelyn Rose, professor in Plant Biology (SIPS)

Welcome to Plant Biology

Without plants, life on earth would cease to exist. Plants shape our environment and provide us with food, medicine, clothing, and shelter. Today we are faced with an unprecedented series of challenges – global climate change, food shortages, rapid loss of biodiversity, and new and evolving diseases are threatening both the health of the planet as well as human health and well-being. Research in the plant sciences is greatly significant in addressing aspects of each of these issues. Through its broad-based and innovative studies of basic plant biology, the Section of Plant Biology at Cornell University is positioned to contribute real and impactful solutions to these problems at local, state, national, and global scales. Learn more

Graduate Field of Plant Biology

Cornell's Graduate Studies in Plant Biology are at the cutting edge of basic and translational plant research and offer top-ranked, interdisciplinary Ph.D. training.
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Undergraduate Studies in Plant Biology

Undergraduates who are interested in studying plant biology at Cornell can major in Plant Sciences or in Biology with a Plant Biology Concentration.
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Faculty Spotlight

Kevin Nixon

Kevin Nixon

Kevin Nixon has diverse research interests in the theory and practice of plant systematics. His taxonomic interests include higher level analysis of seed plant and angiosperm relationships, and relationships of Hamamamelid and Rosid ordinal and family relationships.


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Gaurav won the prestigious Early Career Award from the American Society of Plant Biologists

Mar 21, 2018

Congratulations to Gaurav for this well-deserved award.
This  Early Career Award was instituted by ASPB in 2005 to recognize outstanding research by scientists at the beginnings of their careers. This award is a monetary award made annually for exceptionally creative, independent contributions by an individual, whether or not a member of the Society, who is generally not more than seven years post-Ph.D. on January 1st of the year of the presentation.