On August 16, 2016, Somchai Rice joined the Midwest Grape and Wine Industry Institute as Assistant Scientist. She has lived in Iowa over 30 years, growing up in north central Iowa. Somchai earned her B.S. (Biology), M.S. (Toxicology), and is currently a Ph.D. candidate (Toxicology) at Iowa State University. Her background and interests are in analytical instrumentation including high performance liquid chromatography, gas chromatography, and mass spectrometry. As an Assistant Scientist, she will lead enology research projects using state-of-the-art instrumentation. She will also participate in workshops and seminars to support extension and outreach to the wine industry in the upper midwest region, including the state of Iowa.