Bio-emergent materials for value-added products & biofuels

Dr. Katrina Cornish
Endowed Chair in Bioemergent Materials at The Ohio State University, Ohio Agricultural & Research Development Center
(Recorded 02-2014)


Dr. Katrina Cornish is an Ohio Research Scholar and Endowed Chair in Bioemergent Materials at The Ohio State University, Ohio Agricultural & Research Development Center in Wooster, Ohio. She leads a program in alternate rubber production and bioemergent materials including exploitation of opportunity feedstocks from agriculture and food processing wastes for value-added products and biofuels. She is the leading U.S. scientific expert, and is internationally recognized as a principal authority, on alternative natural rubber production, properties and products, and on natural rubber biosynthesis in general. She currently is CEO of two start-up companies EneryEne, Inc and DamSafe LLC, spin-offs of technology she invented at OSU. Her inventions at USDA were licensed by Yulex Corporation and form the foundation of the US domestic rubber industry. Dr. Cornish also served as Senior Vice President, Research & Development at Yulex. She has more than 185 publications and patents (not including abstracts), of which more than 160 are related to rubber biosynthesis and production, including co- and by-products. Amongst her numerous awards, her guayule latex received the Connect 2005 Most Innovative New Product Award, Medical Devices & Diagnostics. Dr. Cornish received the prestigious Good Housekeeping Award for Women in Government (2004), was elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2002), and won a presidential award from the American Chemical Society (2002). She is also a member of the Board of Entrepreneurial Engagement Ohio. She was also honored as the USDA's Outstanding Senior Scientist of the Year (1998). Dr. Cornish received a first class honors degree in biological sciences and a Ph.D. in plant biology from the University of Birmingham, England.