Katrina Cornish

Professor, Ohio Research Scholar and Endowed Chair in Bio-Based Emergent Materials
Department of Horticulture and Crop Science

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. She joined Ohio State’s Horticulture and Crop Science department at OARDC-Wooster in 2010 as an Ohio Research Scholar. She holds the Endowed Chair in Bio-based Emergent Materials in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences and is director of research for the Program of Excellence in Natural Rubber Alternatives. Her research focuses on bioemergent materials, including exploitation of opportunity feedstocks from agriculture and food processing wastes for value-added products and biofuels. Prior to coming to Ohio State, Dr. Cornish led the USDA’s development of domestic natural rubber and rubber latex sources; then, as senior vice president for research and development at Yulex Corporation, she oversaw the research, development, production, validation, and regulatory programs for the commercialization of guayule latex for safe medical devices and specialty consumer products. Her inventions at USDA were licensed by Yulex and form the foundation of the U.S. domestic rubber industry. A fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, she has 175 publications and patents. She holds a Ph.D. degree from the University of Birmingham, England.