Staff Spotlights

Learn more about our team members — what it is that they do, how their research is impacting the grape and wine industries, and what keeps them going when things get discouraging.

Surya Sapkota's headshot, in a vineyard and holding a ziplock bag full of grapesSurya Sapkota
Postdoctoral Associate, Cornell University
Surya sets up, inoculates, and processes grape leaf tissue samples for powdery mildew resistance assessments. He collaborates with experts in robotics, machine vision, optics, microscopy, and image analysis to make this process go more quickly and efficiently.



Janet van Zoeren's headshotJanet van Zoeren
Viticulture extension support specialist, Cornell University
Janet provides web design and updates, write articles about team findings and publications, and generally helps the VitisGen2 program reach a broader audience.