Staff spotlight on Surya Sapkota

Surya Sapkota and David Gadoury watching like phenotyping robot Blackbird images grape leaf disks.Surya Sapkota, post-doctoral researcher at Cornell University and long-time member of the VitisGen projects, works with preparing, inoculating, and processing grape leaf tissue samples for powdery mildew resistance assessments.

We asked him some questions about his background (he learned about growing crops at a young age from his parent), his role with VitisGen2 (“I work closely with experts in robotics, machine vision, optics, microscopy, and image analysis to facilitate high-throughput phenotyping”), and what he looks forward to when he gets home (his seven month old son).

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