Interdisciplinary Innovation

OSU's research includes a diverse and comprehensive team of collaborative leaders in critical disciplines that touch hemp. The Global Hemp Innovation Center serves as a research hub connecting faculty and researchers engaged in plant research, food innovation, pharmacy, public health, public policy, business and engineering. 

Oregon State has an opportunity to provide long-term, comprehensive market access and profitability for our farms by providing alternatives for biomass and other varietals of hemp, including grain, fiber, and other expected uses. 

Research is already taking place at 10 experiment stations across the state and collaboration with OSU's Extension Service will make hemp research further available to Oregonians interested in the development of hemp crops and markets. This unique interdisciplinary approach allows the University to explore multiple areas of research for this emerging field of study at the same time, with complementary disciplines uncovering potential new discoveries in hemp production, textile and construction materials, essential oils, and foods.

OSU Hemp Faculty Research Liaisons


Jane Ishmael
Associate Professor
College of Pharmacy
GHIC Liaison for Biomedical and Veterinary Research
Member and Advisor to the OSU Research Office Cannabis Working Group
Compliance liaison for cannabis research involving human subjects, animal subjects and Environmental Health & Safety
Member of Institutional Review Board (IRB)


Chris Ringo
Senior Faculty Research Assistant
Crop & Soil Science
Data Systems Analyst

Research Consortia

With more than fifty OSU faculty engaged with the Global Hemp Innovation Center (GHIC). We have begun to organize and leverage this campus-wide expertise to develop private-public research partnerships that are structured around the wide range of industries interested in hemp. The GHIC research consortia are faculty-led and organized around 12 industry sectors. A GHIC faculty advisory committee has been formed that is composed of the leaders of each of the industry sector consortia. The leaders are recruiting faculty members and developing inventories of research interests and institutional capacities that can be offered to industry. By leveraging their and the center’s industry contacts, private-public partnerships are forming, and together the faculty and industry members will come up with shared research goals that will guide research and development priorities. Industry consortia members will be able to gain access to the GHIC global partner network. A tiered membership structure has been established with the Agricultural Research Foundation (ARF) through which memberships and gifts can be received. The OSU Foundation is assisting with engagement and development efforts with alumni and industry partners.

  1. Agriculture Production
  2. Animal Health & Nutrition
  3. Business & Marketing
  4. Cannabis Lab Standards & Certification
  5. Digital Architecture & Construction
  6. Digital Hemp (Block Chain)
  7. Food & Beverages
  8. Pharmacy-Cosmetics & Dermatology
  9. Pharmacy-Medicines & Nutraceuticals
  10. Plant Breeding & Genetics
  11. Post-Harvest Extraction & Refinement
  12. Textiles

Agriculture Production

This consortium includes faculty members from the OSU College of Agricultural Sciences, University of Kentucky and European and Asian institutional research partners. The group’s overall objective is to conduct research to improve our understanding of how agronomic and cultural practices affect hemp production. Potential hemp research includes topics such as:

  • Open field vs greenhouse methods
  • Planting dates, seeding depths, spacing, etc.
  • Organic and conventional seed treatments, weed control, soil fertility
  • Crop substitution and rotations
  • Integrated pest management
  • Harvest and post-harvest processes and technologies as related to end-products
  • Multiple locations and cooperating institutions (public and private) worldwide
  • Multiple disciplines with coordinated goals
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  • Hemp | OSU Extension Service

 

Faculty

Biswanath Dari

Assistant Professor
Crop & Soil Science (KBREC)

Amy Garrett

Assistant Professor (Practice)
Horticulture, Extension Service-Small Farms Program

Valtcho Jeliazkov

Associate Professor
Crop & Soil Science

 

Ekaterina Jeliazkova

Faculty Research Assistant
(COAREC)

Gordon Jones

Assistant Professor (Practice)
Crop & Soil Science (SOREC)

Lloyd Nackley

Assistant Professor
Horticulture (NWREC)

Cynthia Ocamb

Associate Professor
Botany & Plant Pathology

Ruijun, Qin

Assistant Professor
Crop & Soil Science (HAREC)

Stuart Reitz

Director
Malheur Experiment Station

Richard Roseberg

Director
(SOREC)
Faculty leader of the Agriculture Production Research Consortium

Elizabeth Verhoeven

Assistant Professor (Practice)
Crop & Soil Science

Guojie Wang

Assistant Professor
Crop & Soil Science (EOARC Union)

Don Wysocki

Associate Professor 
Crop & Soil Science (CBARC)

Animal Health & Nutrition

This consortium includes faculty members from Animal and Rangeland Sciences and the College of Veterinary Medicine. The group’s overall objective is to determine the feasibility of using hemp byproducts to feed animals, with emphasis on livestock. Potential hemp research includes: 

  • Assessment of nutritive and anti-nutritive quality in post-extraction products and their consistency
  • Determination of acceptability of producers and consumers regarding the use of hemp byproducts with farm animals feeding programs
  • Assessment of health and performance of animals
  • Determination of cannabinoid residuals and other plant-derived secondary metabolites in animal’s products
  • Effects on palatability and quality of products from animals fed hemp byproducts
  • Long-term preservation of hemp byproducts and new technology to improve quality preservation
  • Hemp as forage – hemp in pasture mix
  • Hemp as ‘farm’aceutical
  • Animal husbandry technologies
  • Veterinary and pet supplies

Faculty

Serkan Ates

Assistant Professor
Animal & Rangeland Sciences

Massimo Bionaz

Associate Professor
Animal & Rangeland Sciences
Faculty leader of Animal Health & Nutrition Research Consortium

Gerd Bobe

Associate Professor
Animal & Rangeland Sciences

Jenifer Cruickshank

Assistant Professor (Practice)
Animal & Rangeland Sciences

Jennifer Duringer

Assistant Professor (Sr Research)
Environmental & Molecular Toxicology

Michelle Kutzler

Associate Professor
Animal & Rangeland Sciences

Juliana Ranches

Assistant Professor
Animal & Rangeland Sciences (EOARC)

Business & Marketing

Faculty

Zhaohui Wu

Professor
College of Business
Faculty leader of Business & Marketing Research Consortium

Cannabis Lab Standards & Certification

Faculty

Craig Marcus

Professor
Environmental & Molecular Toxicology
Faculty leader of Cannabis Lab Standards & Certification Research Consortium

Digital Architecture & Construction

Faculty

Digital Hemp (Block Chain)

Faculty

Food & Beverages

This consortium includes faculty members from the Department of Food Science & Technology. Potential hemp research projects include investigating the influence of hemp and hemp components on:

  • Food Quality
  • Fermentation Science
  • Effects of Processing
  • Changes over Shelf-life/Stability Studies
  • Food Safety
  • Health & Wellness
  • Food Innovation and Valorization.
  • Co-Product Utilization
  • Food Chemistry

Faculty

Paul Hughes

Assistant Professor
Food Science & Technology
Faculty leader of the Food & Beverage Research Consortium

Jovana Kovacevic

Assistant Professor
Food Innovation Center
Food Science & Technology

Jung Kwon

Assistant Professor
Food Science & Technology

Sarah Masoni

Director, Product & Process Development
Food Innovation Center
Food Science & Technology

Robert McGorrin

Professor
Food Science & Technology

Michael Qian

Professor
Food Science & Technology

Thomas Shellhammer

Professor
Food Science & Technology

Joy Waite-Cusic

Associate Professor
Food Science & Technology

Pharmacy-Cosmetics & Dermatology

Faculty

Pharmacy-Medicines & Nutraceuticals

Faculty

Plant Breeding & Genetics

This consortium includes faculty members from OSU Departments of Horticulture, Crop & Soil Science, Botany & Plant Pathology, and Forest Ecosystems & Society. The goal is to investigate hemp as it relates to:

  • Germplasm collection and characterization
  • Breeding for commercially-desirable traits
  • Genetic mapping and genotype-phenotype association
  • Reproductive and seed physiology
  • Seed certification and testing 

             

Faculty

Andrew Altishin

Program Manager, Seed Certification
Crop & Soil Science

Sabry Elias

Professor (Sr Res)
Crop & Soil Science | Seed Lab

Rachel Hankins

Seed Certification Specialist
Crop & Soil Science

Patrick Hayes

Professor
Crop & Soil Science

Daniela Resende-Carillo

Post Doctoral Scholar
Crop & Soil Science

Kelly Vining

Assistant Professor
Horticulture
Faculty leader of the Plant Breeding & Genetics Research Consortium

Post-Harvest Extraction & Refinement

 

Faculty

Nick AuYeung

Assistant Professor
School of Chemical, Biological, Environmental Engineering

Xue Jin

Assistant Professor
School of Chemical, Biological, Environmental Engineering

Goran Jovanovic

Professor
School of Chemical, Biological & Environmental Engineering

Skip Rochefort

Associate Professor
School of Chemical, Biological & Environmental Engineering
Faculty leader of the Post-Harvest Extraction & Refinement Research Consortium

 

 

Textiles

Faculty