Project Participants

Differential Mgmt. & Testing Group

Post Doctoral Associate

Luca Brilliante

Luca Brilliante is a viticulturist, born in Italy in an agricultural family. As fellow of the European Master in Viticulture and Enology he graduated from the University of Torino, and then again from Montpellier SupAgro/Bordeaux Sciences Agro. He did his PhD in Soil science/Viticulture at the Université de Bourgogne (FR), before moving to the CREA-Viticulture Research Center in Conegliano, Italy, for a first postdoc. Finally, he joined the UC Davis department of Viticulture and Enology as postdoc at the Kurtural Lab (Oakville Experimental Station). He has working experience with wine grapes, table grapes, and winemaking. Has been involved with research in precision viticulture, proximal sensing, and grapevine ecophysiology since 2010. To date, he has specially focused on a) the use of sensors and modern computational approaches to solve viticulture problems; b) the understanding and management of grapevine relationships with the environment, mainly soil and water.

Masters Student

Christopher Chen

Chris Chen is a Masters student in the department of Viticulture and Enology at UC Davis. Chris graduated from the University of California, Davis, with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Environmental Horticulture and a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Economics. Currently Chris is working towards the advancement of mechanization in viticulture and improving water use efficiency in grape vines. Standing goals include research that aims to protect and conserve water resources for agriculture in California.

Research Scientist

Johann Martinez-Lüscher

Johann Martinez-Luscher’s research focus has been always the effect of changing environment on plants. In the last years this has been related to the effect of increased solar radiation, temperature, and CO2 on grape quality. Although Johann’s family was originally living in California, he was born and grew up in Pamplona, Spain. After graduating in Biology he did a PhD in Plant Biology under joint supervision between the University of Navarra in Spain and the Institut des Sciences de la Vigne et du Vin, University of Bordeaux, France. After a post doc at East Malling Research, UK, studying the effect of rising temperatures on bud dormancy he joined UC Davis department of viticulture and enology at the Kurtural Lab (Oakville Experimental Station).

Ph.D. Student

Cliff Yu

Cliff Yu is a Ph.D. student in Kurtural lab. He is interested in applying various analytical approaches to understand the effects of vineyard practices and environmental factors on grapevine secondary metabolites. He received his bachelor degree in Northwest A&F University, China and master degree in California State University, Fresno, both in Viticulture and Enology. In Fresno, he worked under Dr. Kaan Kurtural on the interactions between vineyard practices and proanthocyanidin composition. In June 2016, he joined Kurtural’s lab.