Dr. Simone Diego Castellarin is an Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver,
Canada. He has received his Ph.D. (2007) in Agricultural Science and Biotechnology from the University of
His research focuses on grapevine physiology and genomics and is aimed at understanding the molecular
mechanisms that underlay fruit ripening and how these mechanisms are modulated by the environment
and by viticultural practices. His laboratory currently uses large scale transcript and metabolite analyses to
identify the genes that regulate fruit ripening and the grapevine response to water deficit. He has also
collaborated in a breeding program that led to the selection of ten new fungus-resistant varieties with first-
class wine quality.