Katrina Cornish


Biopolymers, Biobutanol, Bioproducts, Biomass Utilization, Emerging Technologies, Latex, Rubber

Katrina has a Ph.D. in Plant Biology from the University of Birmingham, England.  She is a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, and of the Association for the Advancement of Science, and has more than 35 years of experience in government, academia, and the private sector, including development and industrial standards.  She is currently the Ohio Research Scholar and Endowed Chair in Bioemergent Materials at The Ohio State University, Director of the nine-member PENRA industrial-academic consortium (Program of Excellence in Natural Rubber Alternatives), CEO of EnergyEne, Inc., and Scientific Advisor to American Sustainable Rubber Co LLC.  She is OSU’s 2019 Innovator of the Year and won the 2019 Ohio Faculty  Council’s Commercialization Award, the Bioenvironmental Polymer Society 2019 lifetime achievement award, and the 2017 A.E.Thompson Career Achievement award from the Association for the Advancement of Industrial Crops.  She has 265 papers in biochemistry, biotechnology, engineering, crop development, biopolymers, processing engineering, and product development, as well as 9 issued US patents and 16 pending. Previously, Dr. Cornish led the USDA’s development of domestic natural rubber and allergy-safe rubber latex sources from 1989-2004. Among many awards there, she was honored as the USDA’s Outstanding Senior Scientist of the Year in 1998 and won a presidential award from the American Chemical Society in 2002. Contact Katrina.