Sharon P. Shoemaker

 Sharon P. Shoemaker

Position

  • Executive Director of the California Institute of Food and Agricultural Research
  • Food Science and Technology

Degree

Ph. D. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1976

Research

Dr. Shoemaker is the author of several patents on novel yeast strains to convert biomass-to-ethanol and novel bacterial strains to produce new forms of cellulose. She is currently researching the application of cellulases in biomass conversion (e.g. rice straw, wood, missed waste paper), the integration of various unit operations in biomass conversion processes (membrane filtration, enzymes) and the development of new analytical methods for quantifying specific cellulose activities.

Selected Publications

  • Clarkson, K.A., E. Larenas, S.P. Shoemaker and G.L. Weiss. 2000. Detergent compositions containing cellulase compositions deficient in CBH I type components.  U.S. Patent No. 6,162,782.
  • Clarkson, K.A., E. Larenas, S.P. Shoemaker and G.L. Weiss. 2000. Detergent compositions containing cellulase compositions deficient in CBH I type components.  U.S. Patent No. 6,107,265.
  • Fowler, T., C.C. Barnett and S.P. Shoemaker. 2000. Method of detecting DNA encoding a beta-glucosidase from a filamentous fungus. U.S. Patent No. 6,103,464.
  • Ben-Bassat, A., R. Bruner, S.P. Shoemaker, Y. Aloni, H. Wong, D.C. Johnson and A.N. Neogi. 2001. Reticulated cellulose and methods of microorganisms for the production thereof. U.S. Patent No. 6,329,192.
  • Ben-Bassat, A., R. Bruner, S.P. Shoemaker, Y. Aloni, H. Wong, D.C. Johnson and A.N. Neogi. 2002. Reticulated cellulose producing acetobacter strains. U.S. Patent No. 6,429,002.

Awards and Honors

  • Phoenix Award for Public Outreach, 1996
  • Virginia Tech Alumnae Honoree as Women Leader, 1996

Extension of Knowledge Activities 

  • California Biomass Collaborative 3rd Annual Forum-UC Davis/CIFAR Research Conference XXI, January 23, 2006
  • CIFAR's XXII spring conference, "Innovation in a World Without Borders" held at the Culinary Institute of America-Greystone Campus, in St. Helena, CA, May 15-16, 2006