Department Recognition

One of the nation’s finest! 

In each of three consecutive Academic Analytics assessments of faculty scholarly productivity in doctoral programs nationwide, our Ph.D. program has consistently ranked in the top four in its field, including twice in the Number One spot. The assessments focused on factors such as grants, publications, citations, and awards. Our ranking reflects not only on the quality of the faculty, but also on the many talented and energetic graduate students, postdoctoral scientists, and staff who participate in our research and Extension missions.


National & International Reputation

Faculty in the Department of Plant Pathology have been invited to present their work in Brazil, Canada, China, India, Indonesia, Jamaica, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Nicaragua, Poland, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Uruguay, and throughout the United States.


Recent Accomplishments

Dr. Robert Louis (Lou) Hirsch, Instructor, was featured in a UK AgNews article, video, and slideshow in December 2016.  Thes posts focused on Dr. Hirsch's passion and enthusiasm for teaching science to Kentucky high school students as part of his educational outreach for the Department of Plant Pathology.

Dr. Nicole Ward Gauthier, Assistant Extension Professor has been selected as among the 2016 Top 25 Students, Staff, Faculty, and Alumni within the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment that has contributed to the empowerment of women.  

Dr. Nicole Ward Gauthier, Assistant Extension Professor, was selected as recipient of the 2015 Kentucky Association of State Extension Professionals (KASEP) Outstanding New Extension Faculty Award.

Dr. Pradeep Kachroo, Professor, received the Prestigious Research Paper Award at the 2014 Celebration of Land-Grant Research for a paper published in Nature Genetics.Dr. Aardra Kachroo and a number of other department researchers were co-authors on the award-winning paper.

Dr. Said Ghabrial, Emeritus Professor--A research paper by Hua Li, Wendy Havens, and Dr. Ghabrial was selected by the editors of Virology and featured in their December 2014 Virology Highlights Blog.

Dr. Lisa Vaillancourt, Professor--Maria Torres, a former graduate student,  won the 2014 Best Student Paper Prize for Molecular Plant Pathology from The British Society for Plant Pathology, for her Ph.D. work with Dr. Vaillancourt.

Dr. Aardra Kachroo, Associate Professor, was an invited speaker at the 2014 Kentucky Innovation and Entrepreneurship Conference in Louisville, where she will present her research on plant defenses to disease.