UC Davis Exchange in Australia - Instructor

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Viticulture and Enology Exchange 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.

Erin Schlemmer

Study Abroad Program Coordinator, Global Learning Hub


Erin is the primary connection between UC Davis and University of Adelaide during the exchange nomination process and student preparation until the exchange starts.