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About the Program

Bacterial Pathogenesis Research at Cornell is carried out by faculty in 9 Departments across the University.   A diverse and innovative Faculty share a common goal of controlling and preventing disease and improving human, animal and plant health.  Research interests include molecular basis of pathogenesis, host-pathogen interactions, immunopathology of infectious disease, molecular diagnosis, host defense mechanisms, comparative genomics, molecular evolution, food safety, quorum sensing, signal transduction, and biotechnology, design & engineering of new protein machinery.

Within these broad interests, research is targeted to the study of numerous human, animal, and plant bacterial pathogens: Agrobacterium tumefaciens, Brachyspira, Chlamydia, Escherichia coli, Helicobacter, Leptospira, Listeria monocytogenes, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Pseudomonas syringae, Salmonella, Streptomyces, and Yersinia enterocolitica.

Information about individual faculty members that participate in the Bacterial Pathogenesis Program can be found on the "Faculty" page.

The program is also part of the campus-wide program "Program in Infection & Pathobiology". 

a scanning electron micrograph of a Salmonella bacterium

New Grant

Drs. Craig Altier and Gregory Martin have received a $500K USDA-NIFA grant to investigate Salmonella infection on tomatoes. (more on the BTI web site)

Poster session photo

Many of the program members will participate in the annual retreat of the Program in Infection & Pathobiology on Sept. 16-17 in Auburn, NY. For details of the retreat, click here.