Plant Pathology Hires Cory Hirsch As New Assistant Professor
On January 4, 2016, the Department of Plant Pathology welcomed Dr. Cory Hirsch as Assistant Professor of Plant Stress Resistance Biology. Hirsch comes to Plant Pathology from a Postdoctoral Associate position with Professor Nathan Springer in the Department of Plant Biology at the University of Minnesota. Previously Hirsch completed postdoctoral training at Michigan State University where he received a National Science Foundation National Plant Genome Initiative Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Biology after completing his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin. Hirsch has particular expertise in the areas of informatics and high-throughput plant phenotyping.
In his new position, Hirsch’s research will focus on plant stress responses. His research encompasses both abiotic stresses, such as extreme temperatures, salinity, and drought; as well as biotic stresses, such as pathogens and herbivores. His work employs cutting-edge technologies and analytical approaches to understanding how plant gene expression and phenotypes are related in order to gain a deep understanding of plant stress biology and to improve plant resilience.
His appointment includes a half-time teaching commitment. Hirsch will develop a teaching program that includes an undergraduate course well-positioned to inform students about plant pathology, molecular biology, and informatics.
For more information about Dr. Hirsch’s background and his research interests, visit his faculty web page.