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Melissa Wright

Director, Food Producer Technical Assistance Network
Melissa Wright
402-H HABB1 (0924)
1230 Washington Street SW
Blacksburg, VA 24061


  • M.S., Agricultural and Life Sciences, Virginia Tech, 2019
  • B.S., Biology, Roanoke College, 2000

Other professional roles

  • Member, Building Safety Committee
  • Member, CALS Governance Council

Director, Food Innovations Program

  • Correspond with food entrepreneurs via telephone and email
  • Review analysis requests from potential customers to determine appropriate testing needs
  • Schedule analysis based on current laboratory workload and staffing availability
  • Coordinate laboratory staffing and oversight of student employees
  • Perform specialized laboratory testing
  • Create preliminary reports based on laboratory data
  • Generate invoices for completed analysis


Chemistry Lab Manager

  • Support departmental teaching and research functions through knowledge and instruction regarding instrumentation and analytical methods
  • Assist in the design and performance of chemical analysis related projects for professors, graduate students and undergraduate researchers
  • Assist in the design and performance of research for collaborative industry and university projects
  • Conduct statistical analysis, write reports and present results
  • Carry out all projects accurately and in a timely manner
  • Keep laboratory standard operating procedures (SOPs) current and available for use
  • Instruct students, faculty and staff on proper laboratory procedures
  • Maintain, troubleshoot and repair departmental instruments