Professor Katrina Cornish Ph.D., FAAAS

Katrina Cornish









Katrina Cornish 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. As a Ohio Research Scholar and Endowed Chair in Bioemergent Materials, Katrina leads a program at The Ohio State University including domestic rubber production from Taraxacum kok-saghyz, and exploitation of opportunity feedstocks from agriculture and food processing wastes for value-added products and biofuels. Dr. Cornish led the USDA’s development of domestic natural rubber and rubber latex sources for >15 years from 1989-2004.

Her inventions at USDA were licensed by Yulex and from the foundation of the US domestic rubber industry. As Senior Vice President, Research & Development at Yulex, from 2004-2010, Dr. Cornish oversaw the company's ongoing research, development, crop science, production, validation and regulatory programs for the commercialization of Guayule latex for safe medical devices and specialty consumer products, including extramural programs. Katrina post-doc’d at the MSU-DOE Plant Research Lab in Michigan, at Cornell University, and in Arizona. Katrina holds a Ph.D. in plant biology from the University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, England.

She has >150 publications and patents (not including abstracts), of which >120 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 Good Housekeeping Award for Women in Government (2004), was elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2002), won a presidential award from the American Chemical Society (2002), was honored as the USDA's Outstanding Senior Scientist of the Year (1998), and was recognized by the Agricultural University of Antonio Narro, Mexico for her research (1997).

Endowed Chair and Ohio Research Scholar in Bio-Emergent Materials Department of Horticulture and Crop Science, Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, The Ohio State University, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center Wooster, OH 44691-4096, U.S.A.