Fruit Quality Team


Gavin Sacks headshotTeam Leader: Gavin Sacks, Associate Professor, Cornell University
411 Tower Rd., Ithaca, NY 14853

The Sacks lab oversees the Wine Grape Fruit Quality Phenotyping Center. The Center provides a centralized location for development and application of chemical analyses of grapes from breeding populations, with a particular focus on compounds responsible for undesirable properties of wild Vitis species.


Rachel Naegele headshot
Rachel Naegele
, Research Horticulturist, USDA-ARS CDPG
9611 South Riverbend Ave., Parlier, CA 93648

Rachel is a table/raisin grape horticulturalist with the USDA-ARS who joined the breeding and fruit quality teams in VitisGen2. In particular, her lab is working to develop a high-throughput imaging system to evaluate cluster architecture and identify molecular markers associated with cluster and fruit quality.