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Elizabeth Chang

Enology Extension Specialist
Elizabeth Chang
Alson H. Smith Jr. AREC
595 Laurel Grove Road
Winchester, VA 22602


  • Ph.D., Food Science, Cornell University, 2019
  • M.S., Chemistry, Villanova University, 2014
  • B.A., Psychology, Cornell University, 2007


Industry Experience

August 2010 – January 2012: Director of Night Operations, Steinberg Conference Center, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

November 2008 – August 2010: Assistant Director of Food and Beverage, Steinberg Conference Center, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

June 2007 – November 2008: Assistant Food and Beverage Manager/Teaching Support Specialist, The Statler Hotel, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Research Program:

We seek to address industry-defined challenges through applied research assessing grape and wine quality metrics. While Beth’s background is in fruit flavor chemistry, we are interested in cross-disciplinary collaborations in the fields of microbiology, sensory science, and viticulture to investigate fermentation issues, analyze post-fermentation stability, and test remediation strategies that can have a direct impact on the final wine product.

Extension Program:

The vision of the enology extension program is to support the continued growth and success of the Virginia wine industry by serving as the keystone that links the industry’s needs, Virginia Tech’s cutting-edge educational outputs, and Virginia Cooperative Extension’s statewide resources through open communication, knowledge transfer, and relevant research. To this aim, we are currently assessing stakeholders’ priorities and building outreach opportunities and materials, with the goal of an industry-driven sustainable strategic plan by 2020. In addition, wine analysis and support continue to be offered by Virginia Tech’s Enology Analytical Services Laboratory.

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Elizabeth A. Burzynski-Chang, Imelda Ryona, Bruce I. Reisch, Itay Gonda, Majid R. Foolad, James J. Giovannoni, Gavin L. Sacks. HS-SPME-GC-MS Analyses of Volatiles in Plant Populations – Quantitating Compound x Individual Matrix Effects. Molecules 2018.

Julia A. Tasca, Chelsea R. Smith, Elizabeth A. Burzynski, Brynn N. Sundberg, Anthony F. Lagalante, Tatyana Livshultz, Kevin P. C. Minbiole. HPLC-MS detection of pyrrolizidine alkaloids and their N-oxides in herbarium specimens dating back to the 1850s. Appl. Plant Sci. 2018. 

Daniel Medina, Myra C. Hughey, Matthew H. Becker, Jenifer B. Walke, Thomas P. Umile, Elizabeth A. Burzynski, Anthony Iannetta, Kevin P. C. Minbiole, Lisa K. Belden. Variation in Metabolite Profiles of Amphibian Skin Bacterial Communities Across Elevations in the Neotropics. Microb. Ecol. 2017.

Hughey MC, Walke JB, Becker MH, Umile TP, Burzynski EA, Minbiole KPC, Iannetta AA, Santiago CN, Hopkins WA, Belden LK. Short-term exposure to coal combustion waste has little impact on the skin microbiome of adult spring peepers (Pseudacris crucifer). Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 2016.

Lisa K. Belden, Myra C. Hughey, Eria A. Rebollar, Thomas P. Umile, Stephen C. Loftus, Elizabeth A. Burzynski, Kevin P.C. Minbiole, Leanna L. House, Roderick V. Jensen, Matthew H. Becker, Jenifer B. Walke, Daniel Medina, Roberto Ibáñez, Reid N. Harris. Panamanian frog species host unique skin bacterial communities. Front. Microbiol. 2015.

Matthew H. Becker, Jenifer B. Walke, Lindsey Murrill, Douglas C. Woodhams, Laura K. Reinert, Louise A. Rollins-Smith, Elizabeth A. Burzynski, Thomas P. Umile, Kevin P. C. Minbiole, Lisa K. Belden.  Phylogenetic distribution of symbiotic bacteria from Panamanian amphibians that inhibit growth of the lethal fungal pathogen Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis.  Mol. Ecol. 2015.

Elizabeth A. Burzynski, Tatyana Livshultz, Kevin P.C. Minbiole.  New sources of lycopsamine-type pyrrolizidine alkaloids and their distribution in Apocynaceae. Biochem. Syst. Ecol. 2015.

Andrew H Loudon, Jessica A Holland, Thomas P Umile, Elizabeth A Burzynski, Kevin PC Minbiole and Reid N Harris.  Interactions between amphibians’ beneficial bacteria cause the production of emergent anti-fungal metabolites.  Front. Microbiol. 2014.

Umile, T.P.; P.J. McLaughlin; K.R. Johnson; S. Honarvar; R.W. Davis; E.A. Burzynski; G.W. Hearn; A.F. Lagalante; K.P.C. Minbiole. Amphibian Skin Swabbing with HPLC Analysis of Natural Products Reveals Correlations Between Secondary Metabolite Profiles and Species. Anal. Methods 2014.