Prospective Students


Plant pathology is an exciting field that combines knowledge from a variety of scientific disciplines to keep our plants healthy and productive. Visit the American Phytopathological Society to learn more about our field and its opportunities. The Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology at Iowa State University has a simple mission: We benefit society by protecting and enhancing plant health. Please visit our About page to learn more about our department and Iowa State University.

Research in our laboratories range from applied field-based programs to basic fundamental science endeavors.  

Organisms of interest: Bacteria, Fungi, Nematodes, & Viruses

Areas of study: Pest Management and Detection; Modeling and Epidemiology; Ecology and Organismal Biology; Genetics, Cell and Molecular Biology, & Plant-Microbe Interactions. Visit our research page for more!

Useful links
Graduate Program
Inter Departmental Graduate Program
Undergraduate Program