Andy Walker Lab
Viticulture and Enology
Andy Viet Nguyen is a Ph.D. Candidate in Dr. Andy Walker’s grape breeding lab in the Department of Viticulture and Enology at UC Davis. His background includes a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and Biochemical Engineering from UC Davis as well as experience working with grapevines for over seven years. As a graduate student, Andy has helped teach VEN 101A (Viticultural Practices) and BIS 002B (Introduction to Biology: Principles of Ecology and Evolution) for multiple quarters over the last three years.
Currently, Andy is leading projects to study the inheritance of rootstock-induced fanleaf degeneration disease tolerance in grapevine. He works mainly with Muscadine material, such as the VR (vinifera x rotundifolia) hybrid rootstock O39-16 and a recently developed VM (Vitis x Muscadinia) breeding population. Outside of research, Andy is heavily invested in improving undergraduate student success, especially for first-generation students in STEM. He has mentored for the UC Davis student chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers since 2012 and has also recently joined the UC Davis College of Engineering’s Mentor Collective. With more than five years of experience in UC Davis’s introductory biology series (BIS 002), Andy is interested in developing new methods for student engagement and retention in these courses and other large-enrollment STEM introductory courses.
Keywords: Plant Breeding, Plant Pathology