Maureen Moroney joined the institute as Research Associate in mid-February 2016. Originally from Syracuse, NY, she graduated from Iowa State University in 2007 with a BS in Biology. After graduation, Maureen moved to San Francisco, CA and began developing an appreciation for wine. Her first harvest internship was in 2008 at Chateau St. Jean winery in Sonoma Valley. She has worked in wine production through nine harvest seasons, including regions in both the northern and southern hemispheres as well as responsibilities ranging from lab to cellar to vineyard. Her winemaking knowledge and skills were honed during permanent positions as Lab Technician at Hartford Family Winery (2009 to 2013) and as Enologist at Dehlinger Winery (2013 to 2016), both in California. Maureen is pleased to be back on campus at her Alma Mater and to be involved in analysis and outreach that will contribute to the establishment of a strong, quality wine region in Iowa and the Midwest. As Research Associate, she assists with research projects as well as education and outreach, performs chemical analysis of samples in the lab and oversees student lab assistants. She hopes to continue to make advances in the lab while also participating in the development of trainings, workshops, and on-site visits for industry members.