Sharon P. Shoemaker

Sharon P. Shoemaker

Sharon P. Shoemaker, Ph.D.

Position Title
Academic Administrator Emerita

Food Science and Technology


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.

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