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John Sheppard

Professor, Bioprocessing Science Undergraduate Coordinator


Schaub Food Science Building 129-F


Area(s) of Expertise

As a biochemical process engineer, my research interests are primarily focused on the development, control and optimization of biological processes. Such processes include bioremediation of wastes, bio-ethanol production, bio-pharmaceutical production and food and beverage fermentations. Over the last several years, particular emphasis has been placed on yeast fermentation related to brewing and my research group operates a 2.5 bbl micro-scale brewery in support of these projects.

Teaching Activities

I teach the following courses:

  • Process Validation Science (BBS 301) – Fall semester only
  • Upstream Biomanufacturing Laboratory (BBS/BEC 426/526) – Fall and Spring
  • cGMP Fermentation Operations (BEC 480/580) – Fall and Spring

Service Activities

I am the coordinator for the undergraduate bioprocessing science program. Our research brewery supplies samples of our products to over 50 NC State campus events per year and has been awarded two ribbons (2012 and 2013) at the NC Brewers’ Cup.


M.B.A, ESCP Europe, Paris (1997)
Ph.D., McGill University (1989)
M.E.Sc., University of Western Ontario (1979)
B.Sc., University of Guelph (1976)