Thaddeus Ezeji

Assistant Professor, Animal Sciences
CAPS Member


Dr. Thaddeus Ezeji received his B.S. in Food Science and Technology at University of Nigeria Nsukka, M.S. in Food Technology at University of Ibadan, and Ph.D. in Microbiology at University of Rostock, Germany. His 6 years post doctoral and Research Assistant Professor efforts at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign focused on fermentation technologies and metabolic engineering of solventogenic (butanologenic) Clostridium species. In 2007, Dr. Ezeji joined the Animal Science Department at The Ohio State University and Ohio State Agricultural and Development Center (OARDC) where he holds an Assistant Professor position.

Dr. Ezeji’s research focuses on pretreatment of lignocellulosic biomass and conversion into biofuels and chemicals, development of superior microbial strains for efficient metabolism of lignocellulosic hydrolysates, and design of advanced fermentation systems. Additionally, Dr. Ezeji’s laboratory conducts research activities on probiotics, metabolomics, genetic and metabolic engineering of solventogenic (butanologenic) Clostridium species. In collaboration with several faculty staffs, Dr. Ezeji is involved in outreach programs that address emerging issues from Ohio’s expanding bioenergy sector. 

Areas of Expertise
  • Microbial isolations and development
  • Fermentation technology
  • Biomass processing
  • Biotransformation
  • Postdoctoral Training: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • MS, Food Technology, University of Ibadan
  • PhD, Microbiology, University of Rostock, Germany
  • BS, Food Science and Technology, University of Nigeria Nsukka

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