Cooperating Faculty Members

The department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology currently has 4 cooperating faculty members. Cooperating faculty members are able to accept Microbiology and Plant Pathology graduate students into their laboratories. Historically members of the Nematology department have also accepted students from our programs. If you are interested in joining their labs contact the faculty member directly.

Name Contact Information Research Interests
Dr. Xuemei Chen 

Professor of Plant Cell and Molecular Biology 

Office Location: 4234A Genomics 
Phone: (951) 827-3988

Cell fate specification and stem cell regulation in flower development; molecular mechanisms of microRNA metabolism and RNA silencing
Dr. Isgouhi Kaloshian

Professor and Chair, Department of Nematology

Office Location: 2107A Genomics
Phone: (951) 827-3913

Plant-nematode and plant-aphid interactions; Aphid effectors
Dr. Philip Roberts

Professor, Department of Nematology

Office Location: 2251 Spieth
Phone: (951) 827-7332


Integrated management of plant parasitic nematodes
Dr. Joel Sachs

Professor, Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology

Office Location: 5406 Boyce Hall 
Phone: (951) 827-6357

Evolution of Symbiotic Bacteria; Evolutionary Genetics; Experimental Evolution; Evolution of Cooperation & Conflict; Host-microbial Coevolution