VacCAP Team

Name Project Role Title Organization Location
Massimo Iorizzo Project Director 

Assistant Professor – Genetics and genomics

North Carolina State University

Kannapolis, NC

Chadd Finn Co-PD

Research Geneticist – Breeding

USDA-ARS, HCRU

Corvallis, OR

Nicholi Vorsa Co-PD

Professor – Breeding

Rutgers University

New Brunswick, NJ

Patrick Edger Co-PD

Assistant Professor – Breeding and Genomics

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Nahla Bassil 

Co-PD

Molecular Genetics

USDA-ARS, NCGR

Corvallis, OR

Patricio Munoz

Co-PD

Assistant Professor – Breeding and Genomics

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

Juan Zalapa Co-PD 

Research Geneticist –Breeding

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Madison, WI

Penelope Perkins Veazie Co-PD 

Professor – Post Harvest Physiology

North Carolina State University

Kannapolis, NC

Karina Gallardo Co-PD

Associate Professor –Socio-Economics

Washington State University

Puyallup, WA

Amaya Atucha Co-PD

Assistant Professor –Fruit Crop Extension

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Madison, WI

Dorrie Main Co-PD

Professor – Bioinformatics

Washington State University

Pullman, WA

Mary Ann Lila Co-PD

Professor – Food Science

North Carolina State University

Kannapolis, NC

Lara Giongo  Co-PI Genetics and Breeding

Fondazione Edmund Mach

S. Michele all’Adige – Italy

David Chagne Co-PI

Science Group Leader –Molecular & Digital Breeding

Plant and Food Research Ltd

Palmerston North, New Zealand

Richard Espley Co-PI

Programme Leader – Molecular biology

Plant and Food Research Ltd

Auckland, New Zealand

Changying Li Co-PI

Professor – Phenomics and Plant Robotics

University of Georgia

Athens, GA

James Polashock Co-PI

Research – Plant Pathology

USDA-ARS, GIFVL

Chatsworth, NJ

Charles Sims Co-PI

Professor – Consumer preferences

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

Elizabeth Canales Co-PI

Assistant Professor – Socio-Economics

Mississippi State University

Mississippi State, MS

Lisa Wasko DeVetter  Co-PI

Assistant Professor– Fruit Crop Extension

Washington State University

Mount Vernon, WA

Michael Coe Key Personnel

President Project Evaluation

Cedar Lake Research Group

Portland, OR