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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

William Crepet

William Crepet

William Crepet is interested in developing departmental preeminence in basic plant biology at a time when progress in basic plant biology research is important to critical societal needs. His immediate goal has been to build strength in various facets of plant molecular biology including plant biochemistry with complementary strength in the area of plant systematics including theory and molecular systematics.


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Maureen Hanson, Andrew Grimson and Dikoma Shungu receive NIH funding for their research on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, ME/CFS

Feb 1, 2018
A million or more people in the United States suffer from myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), also known as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), but remarkably little is known about the cause of the disease, and effective therapies are lacking. Specific projects tackle oxidative stress in the brain and neuroinflammation; inflammatory molecules, metabolism, and the cargo of extracellular vesicles; and levels of gene dysregulation across the immune system. With this multifaceted approach, the team seeks to enhance knowledge of the disease for patients, health professionals, and the public. Read more