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Erin Galarneau

Molecular Biologist


Erin Galarneau

Grapevine Curator

Plant Genetic Resources Unit

(315) 787.2413



Grapes are an important crop grown throughout the USA. As a molecular biologist and curator of the PGRU Grapevine (Vitis) collection. My role is to conserve and distribute from the collection, acquire new vines to add to the collection, document and characterize various traits of the grapevines. My goal is to ensure these resources are available for future generations of researchers and educators. My program utilizes various molecular techniques and phenology to explore the genetic diversity within the collection and to facilitate stakeholder use of the collection. My research at this time is focused on 1) characterizing fruit aromas (both desirable and undesirable), 2) determining cold hardiness of the collection based on current research techniques, and 3) conducting high-throughput pathogenicity assays to determine resistance to several pathogens.


Learn more about our Grape Collection. Cold-Hardy Grape Collection : USDA ARS

Looking for Plant Germplasm? Germplasm Requests : USDA ARS



B.S. in Biology, 2010, Northland College, Ashland, WI

Ph.D. in Plant Pathology, 2019, University of California-Davis, Davis, CA


Professional Experience

Postdoctoral Scholar, 2019-2021, Department of Viticulture and Enology, University of California-Davis

Research Assistant, 2015-2019, University of California-Davis