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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


Olena Vatamaniuk

The Vatamaniuk lab studies molecular mechanisms of homeostasis of micronutrients such as copper, iron and zinc and their interactions with a toxic element cadmium as pertains to plant growth, development, yield, food safety and human health. We use model plants, Arabidopsis thaliana, Brachypodium distachyon, and most recently grain crops, wheat and rice and a variety of functional genomics approaches including high-precision analytical tools such as synchrotron x-ray fluorescent microscopy to identify and characterize genes that control iron, copper, zinc and cadmium uptake into the plant, their delivery to the shoot and loading into grains. Our ultimate goal is to contribute basic knowledge to the generation of novel biofortification strategies as well as improving grain yield and safety. Olena is a joint faculty member with Plant Biology and an Associate Professor in SCS. See her SCS profile here.


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Congratulations to our 2019 SIPS graduates!

May 31, 2019

Congratulations to the 36 graduate students and 58 undergraduates recognized by SIPS as part of the 2019 Commencement Ceremonies.  Graduates included five PhD students in the Field of Plant Biology in addition to the many undergraduates advised and mentored by Section faculty.