David A. Ramirez-Cadavid

The Ohio State University
Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering
1680 Madison Ave.
Wooster, OH
USA 44691

Biographical Sketch:
David A. Ramirez-Cadavid is a PhD student in the program of Biological Engineering in the Ohio State University. He graduated from the University of Antioquia with a bachelor degree in Bioengineering in 2009 and from The Ohio State University with a master degree in Biological Engineering in 2012. David is a member of the ACS rubber division and ASABE. He has experience in the fungal cell culture at lab and pilot scale for the production of exo- and endo-polysaccharides, biomaterials, and extracellular enzymes. David has also worked in the development, improvement and testing of technologies in the biofuel sector and has worked in the scaling-up of these technologies. He has investigated the application of different process intensification, such as light wavelengths, electromagnetic fields and cavitation, in bioprocessesing. David has 8 per-review publications (4 of them as first-author) related to his research in these areas. David is currently working in the design and development of a new integrated biorefinery to process Taraxacum kok-sahgyz (TK) roots to maximize the production of natural rubber and to harness their potential as a source of bioproducts.

16 Compositional Analysis of Taraxacum kok-saghyz Roots, an Alternative Source of Natural Rubber