The Department of Plant Pathology offers graduate study leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. Advanced degrees may involve specialized training in the following areas: host-parasite genetics, molecular biology and genomics, epidemiology, soil and seed-borne diseases, microbial ecology, and integrated disease management.
Student research and academic programs are tailored to individual needs and interests.
Five graduate faculty members are housed in the Northern Crops Science Laboratory located on campus. This relationship provides additional opportunities for research and consultation.
The Department of Plant Pathology graduate program is open to all qualified graduates of universities and colleges of recognized standing. In addition to the Graduate School requirements, the applicant must have adequate preparation in Plant Pathology or Biology.
Research assistantships and part-time positions are available in the department. Applicants are considered on the basis of scholarship and potential to undertake advanced study and research. To be considered for an assistantship, a completed Graduate School application, official transcripts, and three letters of reference must be submitted. In addition to these materials, international applicants must also submit TOEFL scores. These items must be submitted to the Graduate School.
Master of Science
Completion of a Master of Science degree is dependent on the completion of 30 semester hours in Plant Pathology or approved courses from related departments. Not less than 10 credits must reflect research in the desired area. No minor area of study is required with an MS degree, but a minor may be elected.
Doctor of Philosophy
Completion of a Doctor of Philosophy degree is dependent on the completion of 60 semester hours beyond the MS degree or 90 credits total. Courses may include Plant Pathology or approved courses from related departments. Not less than 10 credits must reflect research in the desired area. A minor area of study is required with a PhD degree. Options are available in plant science, agronomy, plant breeding, microbiology, entomology and others.
Thomas Baldwin, Ph.D.
University of Georgia, 2013
Research Interests: Barley-Pathogen Interactions, RNA-Interference, Fungal Genetics, Fusarium head blight
Luis del Rio, Ph.D.
Iowa State University, 1999
Research Interests: Epidemiology of Plant Diseases, Chemical and Biological Control of Fungal Diseases, Management of Canola Diseases
Malaika Ebert, Ph.D.
Wageningen University & Research, 2018
Research Interests: Dry Bean and Pulse Crop Pathogens, Molecular Host-Microbe Interactions, Effectors, Secondary Metabolites, Proteins
Andrew Friskop, Ph.D.
North Dakota State University, 2013
Research Interests: Extension Plant Pathology, Chemical Control, Corn Diseases, Small Grain Diseases, IPM
Upinder Gill, Ph.D.
Washington State University, 2012
Research Interests: Management of rust diseases of wheat and other field crops, Genetics and genomics of host-pathogen interactions
Mohamed Khan, Ph.D.
Clemson University, 1998
Research Interests: Sugarbeet Management
Janet J. Knodel, Ph.D.
North Dakota State University, 2005
Research Interests: Extension Entomology, IPM of Field Crop Insects, Insect-Disease Surveys, Emerging Insects, Chemical Control
Zhaohui Liu, Ph.D.
North Dakota State University, 2006
Research interests: Molecular biology and genetics of host-pathogen interactions in wheat leaf spot diseases
Samuel Markell, Ph.D.
University of Arkansas, 2007
Research Interests: Extension Plant Pathology, Rust Diseases, IPM, Emerging Diseases, Chemical Control
Steven W. Meinhardt, Ph.D.
University of Illinois, 1984
Research Interests: Structure/Function Relationships in Enzymes and Toxins
Berlin D. Nelson, Ph.D.
Washington State University, 1979
Research Interests: Oilseed Diseases, Biological Control, Mycology
Jack B. Rasmussen, Ph.D.
Michigan State University, 1987
Research Interests: Molecular Biology and Role in Disease of Pathogen-Produced Toxins, Genetics of Resistance to Cereal Rust Diseases
Gary A. Secor, Ph.D.
University of California-Davis, 1978
Research Interests: Potato Diseases Management and Control, Biotechnology for Cultivar Improvement
Julie Sherman Pasche, Ph.D.
North Dakota State University, 2012
Research Interests: Potato disease management, fungicide efficacy and resistance management, pathogen detection and diversity
Guiping Yan, Ph.D. Washington State University, 2006 Research Interests: Detection, biology and management of soybean cyst nematode and other plant-parasitic nematodes in field crops
Shaobin Zhong, Ph.D.
North Dakota State University, 2000
Research Interests: Fusarium Head Blight of Wheat, Fungal Biology and Genetics, Genomics and Functional Genomics of Host-Pathogen Interaction in Cereal Crops
Melvin Bolton, Ph.D.
North Dakota State University, 2006
Timothy L. Friesen, Ph.D.
North Dakota State University, 2001
Research Interests: Host Parasite Interactions of Foliar Diseases of Cereals
Michael C. Edwards, Ph.D.
Cornell University, 1983
Research Interests: Virology, Cereal Virus Diseases
Rubella Goswami, Ph.D.
University of Minnesota, 2005
Research Interests: Pathogen Interactions, Fungal Biology, Molecular Biology and Genomics
Thomas J. Gulya, Ph.D.
Iowa State University, 1978
Research Interests: Downy Mildew, Rust, Phomopsis Stem Canker, Sclerotinia Wilt of Sunflower
Michael Wunsch, Ph.D.
Cornell University, 2010
Research Interests: Varietal Disease Resistance, Fungicide Efficacy and Timing, and Use of Cropping Systems t