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Department of Viticulture and Enology


Susan B. Rodriguez

Dr. Susan Rodriguez
Wine Sensory Lab Director and Enology Lecturer (Retired August 2016)

PhD Microbiology, University of California, Davis


Brief Introductory Statement:
Dr. Susan Rodriguez served as a research fellow at the Viticulture and Enology Research Center, a part time instructor for the Department of Viticulture and Enology, and the manager of the Wine Sensory Laboratory at VERC - through which she and her team provided services to the wine industry. Rodriguez has extensive research experience, including positions as Assistant Professor at Cornell University; Research Microbiologist at USDA's Western Regional Research Center in Albany, CA; Senior Scientist at DSIR, New Zealand; research microbiologist with E & J Gallo Winery in Modesto. Her research covers metabolism of lactic acid bacteria and yeast in wine through flow cytometry with antibodies; identification of grapevine truck diseases through characterization of xylem sap; wine sensory evaluation; mycotoxins in nuts. She has co-authored over 20 research publications.
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