Exchange in Australia - Instructor

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Viticulture and Enology in Australia

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Dario Cantu

Associate Professor, Department of Viticulture and Enology

Dario Cantu is Associate Professor of Systems Biology and Louis P. Martini endowed chair in viticulture in the Department of Viticulture and Enology at the University of California, Davis. He was born and raised in Milan, Italy, where he obtained both his BSc and MSc in Agricultural Sciences and Technologies. Dario moved to Davis, California, in 2005 to pursue a Ph.D. in Plant Biology at University of California working on the interaction between Botrytis and ripening fruit. After graduating in 2009, Dario joined the laboratory of Jorge Dubcovksy, where he pioneered the use of next generation sequencing technologies for a variety of genomics projects, from plant epigenetics, transcriptomics to whole-genome assembly and comparative genomics in both plants and microbial pathogens. Since 2012, Dario has been a faculty member in the Department of Viticulture and Enology at UC Davis, where he leads a research group that studies plant and microbial activities in a variety of contexts, from disease resistance, wood decomposition, to fruit ripening, and flavor development. At UC Davis, among other things, Dario has led multiple genome sequencing projects mostly related to grapes and microorganisms responsible of common grapevine diseases.  As the chair of the international relationship committee of the V&E department. Dario helps foster to international student exchange with top programs in viticulture and enology, such as the University of Adelaide/UC Davis Exchange program.

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Tracy Diesslin

Undergraduate Program Coordinator and Advisor, Department of Viticulture and Enology

Tracy Diesslin is the Undergraduate Program Advisor for the Department of Viticulture and Enology, Textiles and Clothing and Food Science and Technology. She helps with major requirements, academic planning, provides resources and referrals, and is involved with recruitment and outreach. 

"As an undergraduate advisor, I frequently meet with students who want to gain international winemaking and grape growing experience.  This program will do just that. Not only will my students be able to create an individualized study plan that helps them meet their degree requirements, they will have the unique opportunity to study viticulture and enology with world renowned faculty at one of the best universities in the world. I’m excited to help work with students to achieve their academic and career goals through this exchange program."

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Paula Levitt

Programs Manager, UC Davis Study Abroad

Paula Levitt is a programs manager at UC Davis Study Abroad. She will be the primary connection between UC Davis and University of Adelaide during the exchange nomination process and student preparation until the exchange starts.