Katrina Cornish serves as Endowed Chair and Ohio Research Scholar, Bioemergent Materials, and as Director, Program of Excellence in Natural Rubber Alternatives, at The Ohio State University. Cornish is an internationally recognized expert and innovator in alternative natural rubber/latex crop improvement and production, their processing and formulation technologies, bioproducts, as well is in valorization of wastes.
Dr. Cornish’s outstanding science and innovation accomplishments are documented by her election as Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, as well as of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences, 25 issued or pending patents, from OSU and her prior career, and 265 publications, numerous worldwide lectures and considerable public and private funding. She recently won a hat-trick of innovator awards: The Ohio State University’s 2018 Innovator of the Year, and 2019 Innovator of the Year for her College and for OSU’s Institute of Materials Research, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Bioenvironmental Polymer Society.
Dr. Cornish hold a BSc (1st class honours) in Biological Sciences, and a Ph.D. in Plant Biology. Both from the University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, England.