Category Archives: Staff spotlights

International collaboration advances research into grape disease resistance

The effectiveness of a collaboration between two research teams can be greater than the sum of its parts. This was part of the incentive for German scientist Daniel Zendler, a leading expert on the Ren3 and Ren9 genes for powdery … Continue reading

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Staff spotlight with new project manager, Ugo Ikeogu

We recently mentioned that VitisGen2 has a new project manager, Ugo Ikeogu. We’re very excited to have him on board! We’ve asked him a few questions about his background, extensive experience with genetics and phenotyping, what he’s looking forward to … Continue reading

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RIPE article and staff spotlight on Olena Sambucci

Olena Sambucci, a postdoctoral researcher at UC Davis, focuses her research on the economic trade-offs between grape traits, including disease resistance, wine varietal name, flavor profiles, and many other factors. She is part of VitisGen2’s economics team, under the guidance … Continue reading

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Staff Spotlight on Cheng Zou

VitisGen2 team member Cheng Zou, postdoctoral researcher in Qi Sun’s lab at Cornell University, talks about finding a core-genome markers for comparing genotypic data across all grape species, and the applications for marker assisted selection and quantitative trait mapping! Don’t … Continue reading

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Lu Yin, PhD candidate at UMinn, featured in new Staff Spotlight

Lu Yin is a PhD candidate and research assistant at the University of Minnesota, working in Dr Matthew Clark’s lab to breed grapes that are more resistant to the insect pest foliar phylloxera. She answered our questions about her advice … Continue reading

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Staff spotlight on Janet van Zoeren

Janet van Zoeren joined the VitisGen2 extension and outreach team a few months ago, when she started as viticulture extension support specialist at Cornell University. Her role with the project involves updating the website, writing articles about project developments and publications, … Continue reading

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Staff spotlight on Surya Sapkota

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 … Continue reading

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