Marie initially joined the Castellarin lab in January 2016 on a volunteer basis during her gap year, after completing a B.Sc. in natural resource conservation at UBC. Her original plan was to learn more about large data management from the resident postdoctoral fellow, Darren Wong, while assisting at any capacity with sample preparation. Very quickly, her work experience expanded to include processing grape samples, analyzing terpene GC/MS data, mentoring a summer exchange student, and tending to vine samples in the campus greenhouse.
Marie currently works as a laboratory assistant on a part time basis, and primarily focuses on processing grape samples and conducting terpene analysis for a research project that is investigating the effects of varying cluster retention on berry aroma in the Gewurztraminer variety.