Michael R. Ladisch is Director of the Laboratory of Renewable Resources Engineering (LORRE), and Distinguished Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering with a joint appointment in the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering. His BS (1973) from Drexel University and MS (1974) and PhD (1977) from Purdue University are in Chemical Engineering. He is continuing his activities with Mascoma Corporation, where he has been a contributor since 2007.
Dr. Ladisch’s research includes bioprocess engineering, transformation of renewable resources into biofuels and bioproducts, and food safety. His fundamental studies address proteins and living organisms at surfaces, microfluidic biosensor systems, bionanotechnology and bioseparations. His team has developed and prototyped microfiltration technology for rapid concentration and recovery of microorganisms from foods and water. He is an author for two textbooks, numerous journal papers, book chapters and abstracts, with 20 patents granted or applied for. His team has developed, published, and prototyped microfiltration technology for rapid concentration and recovery of microorganisms from foods and water.
Dr. Ladisch was elected Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering in 1994 and to the National Academy of Engineering in 1999. The American Institute of Chemical Engineers named him as one of the 100 engineers of the Modern Era in 2008. He received the Marvin J. Johnson Award of the American Chemical Society in 2002, the Charles D. Scott Award in 2009, became Fellow of ACS and AAAS in 2011, and was elected to the National Academy of Inventors in 2014. In 2015, he received the Morrill Award from Purdue University, and led the Purdue team that was named the winner of the FDA Food Safety Challenge.