Sharon P. Shoemaker

Sharon P. Shoemaker

Sharon P. Shoemaker, Ph.D.

Position Title
Academic Administrator Emerita

Food Science and Technology


Food Science (1991-2019)

Dr. Shoemaker retired in December of 2019. 


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


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.

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

Awards and Honors

1996: (Organization unknown) - Phoenix Award for Public Outreach

1996: Virginia Tech - Alumnae Honoree as Women Leader

2021: UC Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences - Award of Distinction - Exceptional Staff Award