Michael Penner

Dr. Mike Penner, Associate Professor
Food Science and Technology
Associate Professor

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

Professional Activities
Member of American Chemical Society, Institute of Food Technologists, American Association Cereal Chemists; advisory board member for Comm. Agr. Food Chem.

Research Interests: 

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.


Representative Publications
Deng, Q., Penner, M., and Zhao, Y. 2011. Chemical composition of dietary fiber and polyphenols of wine grape pomace skins. Food Res. Int.. 44 (9), 2712-2720.

Smith, M.R., Penner, M.H., Bennett, S.E., Bakalinsky, A.T. 2011. A quantitative colorimetric assay for total protein applied to the red wine Pinot noir. J. Agric. Food Chem. 59:6871-6876.

Nguyen, S. K., Sophonputtanaphoca, S., Kim, E., Penner, M. 2009.  Hydrolytic methods for the quantification of fructose equivalents in herbaceous biomass.  Appl. Biochem. Biotech. 158: 352-361.

Akpinar, O, Penner, M. H.  2008.  Preparation of methyl 6-O-p-nitrobenzoyl-beta-D-glucoside.  J. Carbohydrate Chem. 27(3) 188-199.

Akpinar, O., Penner, M. H. 2008.  Preparation of cellooligosaccharides: comparative study, Int. J. Food Agric. Environ. 6(1) 55-61.

Chen, C.-S., Penner, M. H.  2007.  Turbidity-based assay for polygalacturonic acid depolymerase activity, J. Agric. Food Chem. 55(15) 5907-5911.

Nordmark T.S., Bakalinsky A.T., Penner M.H. 2007. Measuring cellulase activity: application of the filter paper assay to low activity enzyme preparations. Appl. Biochem. Biotech. 136-140:131-139.

Chung, Y.-C., Bakalinsky, A., Penner, M.H. 2005.  Enzymatic saccharification and fermentation of xylose-optimized dilute acid-treated lignocellulosics. Appl. Biochem. Biotech. 121-124:947-962. 

Akpinar, O., McGorrin, R. J., Penner, M. H. 2004.  Cellulose-based chromatography for cellooligosaccharide production.  J. Agric. Food Chem. 52(13) 4144-4148.

Kongruang, S., Han, M. J., Breton, C. I. G,  Penner, M.H. 2004.  Quantitative analysis of cellulose-reducing ends. Appl. Biochem. Biotech.. 113-116:213-231.

Kongruang, S., Penner, M. H.  2004.  Borohydride activity of cellulose reducing ends.  Carbohydrate Polymers 58(2) 131-138.

Kim, S. M, Penner, M. H.  2004.  Trichoderma reesei alpha-galactosidase activity on locust bean and guar galactomannans.  J. Food Biochem. 28(4) 293-303.

Book Chapters
Penner, M. H. 2010.  Basic Principles of Spectroscopy.  In Food Analysis, 4th Edition, Suzanne Nielsen, Ed.  Springer.

Penner, M. H. 2010.  Ultraviolet, Visible and Fluorescence Spectroscopy.  In Food Analysis, 4th Edition, Suzanne Nielsen, Ed.  Springer.

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