Colleen Szeto

  • Biography/ Background

    Colleen is an HDR candidate at the University of Adelaide focused on mitigating smoke taint in wine by developing methods to monitor smoke exposure in vineyards and limiting the uptake of smoke by grapevines. Previous experiences include an MPS in Food Science and Technology from Cornell University, working as a viticulture and winemaking intern, and studying chemistry as an undergraduate at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Off the job, Colleen's passions include cycling, swimming, and playing the piano.


  • Qualifications

    • B.A. Chemistry, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2016
    • M.P.S. Food Science and Technology, Cornell University, 2017
  • Research Interests

    When smoke drifts into vineyards, wines vinified from smoke-affected grapes can exhibit undesirable smoky, burnt, and ashy sensory attributes. The first objective of my research is to assess whether environmental data collected by a sensor can be used as input for creating a model to predict a smoke taint risk profile. The second objective is to develop a way to minimize grapevine smoke exposure and/or uptake and effectively create a smoke taint preventative strategy. A sensitive detection system paired to an effective preventative strategy is critical for managing vineyard exposure to smoke and overcoming the issue of smoke taint in the wine industry!

  • Research Funding

    ARC Training Centre for Innovative Wine Production Scholarship (2018-2021) 

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Entry last updated: Monday, 14 Jan 2019

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