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Michael Penner

Michael Penner

Associate Professor
mike.penner [at]

Office: 541-737-6513

Wiegand Hall

Wiegand Hall 9

3051 SW Campus Way

3051 SW Campus Way
Corvallis, OR 97331

My laboratory is interested in the general area of enzyme technology, with particular emphasis on projects related to the enzymatic processing of polysaccharides. We typically focus on glycan hydrolases. Our studies aim to advance the current knowledge of how these enzymes function, to determine novel methods by which their specificity may be regulated, and to find applications for the production of value added products. Current projects relate to the enzymatic saccharification of cellulose, the conversion of biomass polysaccharides to ethanol, and the application of polysaccharide debranching enzymes in the food industry.


Affiliated with: 
Food Science and Techno

Professional Accomplishments

Professional Affiliations: 
  • Member of American Chemical Society
  • Institute of Food Technologists
  • American Association Cereal Chemists
  • advisory board member for Comm. Agr. Food Chem

B.S. - 1976 Washington State University, Agronomy
M.S. - 1979 Washington State University, Nutrition
Ph.D. - 1984 University of California, Davis, Nutrition

My Publications



M. H. Penner, Food Science Text SeriesFood AnalysisUltraviolet, Visible, and Fluorescence Spectroscopy, 6th ed. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2017, pp. 89 - 106.


Book Chapter

M. H. Penner, Basic Principles of Spectroscopy, in Food Analysis, 4th ed., Springer: Suzanne Nielsen, Ed., 2010.


Journal Article

O. Akpinar and Penner, M. H., Preparation of cellooligosaccharides: comparative study, Int. J. Food Agric. Environ, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 55-61, 2008.