Dr. Linda Bisson retires after 32 years in the Department

Linda Bisson

Dr. Linda Bisson retired on September 1, 2017. 

Until recently, Linda Bisson was a professor and geneticist in the Department of Viticulture and Enology at the University of California, Davis, where she has taught wine production, the biology of yeast, and graduate courses in genetics since 1985. 

Some of her other notable achievements include the Office International de la Vigne et du Vin (OIV) Prize in Oenology as a coauthor for their comprehensive text, Principles and Practices of Winemaking, and in 2000, Bisson was the Honorary Research Lecturer at ASEVs 50th anniversary. She has won the best paper in enology award from the American Society for Enology and Viticulture four times (1989, 1998, 2006, and 2008). She has received three excellence in undergraduate teaching awards from undergraduate student groups on campus. 

Bisson is a native San Franciscan and holds a Masters degree in Microbiology (1976) from San Francisco State University and a BA in biology (1973) from the same institution. She obtained her PhD in Microbiology from the University of California, Berkeley in 1980. She then moved to Harvard Medical School as a postdoctoral researcher and held a research associate position before moving to the University of California, Davis as an Assistant Professor in 1985. She was made a full professor in 1991, and served as Chair of the Department of Viticulture and Enology from 1991 to 1996. She has held several leadership roles on the Davis campus, including Chair of the Academic Senate from 2006-2008 and in 2011-2012. 

Most recently, Dr. Bisson served as the Associate Director for the NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grant at UCD and was co-chair of the Policy and Practices Review Initiative of that Group. She represented UCD on the SEA Change (STEM Equity Achievement) pilot program of the AAAS.