Juliana Vasco-Correa, Ph.D.

Juliana Vasco-Correa, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
436 Shortlidge RD
Agricultural Engineering Building, Rm. 211

University Park, PA 16802

Areas of Expertise

  • Bioproducts Systems Analysis
  • Process Systems Engineering
  • Bioprocess Engineering
  • Biomass Valorization
  • Biosystems Techno-Economic Analysis and Life-Cycle Assessment


  • B.S. Biological Engineering, National University of Colombia, 2009
  • M.S. Food Science and Technology, National University of Colombia, 2012
  • Ph.D. Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, The Ohio State University, 2017


  • ABSM 429W - Biorenewable Systems Analysis and Management
  • ABSM 430W - Biorenewable Systems Capstone I
  • ABSM 431W - Biorenewable Systems Capstone II
  • BE 464 - Bioenergy Systems Engineering
  • BRS 504 - Introduction to Biorenewable Systems Analysis

For information about courses please visit the LionPATH Course Catalog.

Research Summary

Research in the Vasco Bioeco Lab uses process systems engineering tools such as process modeling, superstructure optimization, techno-economic analysis, and life-cycle assessment to design and analyze integrated biosystems for the valorization of biomass resources and upcycling of waste streams. We are particularly interested in the assessment of emerging technologies for bioproducts and in the development of solid-state bioprocesses for industrial and environmental microbiology applications. 

Dr. Vasco-Correa is the convener of the Bioeconomy Solutions Critical Issue Initiative and an associate of the Institute for Sustainable Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Science (SAFES). 


A review of recent advances in fungal mycelium based composites
Discover Materials, Madusanka, Chathura, Udayanga, Dhanushka, Nilmini, Renuka, Rajapaksha, Suranga, Hewawasam, Choolaka, Manamgoda, Dimuthu, Vasco-Correa, Juliana, 2024

A Superstructure-Based Lignin Valorization Process Optimization Model for Lignocellulosic Biorefineries through Biological Upgrading
ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering, Wu, Yajie, Restrepo-Flórez, Juan Manuel, Vasco-Correa, Juliana, 2024

Acta Technologica Agriculturae, Hennessey-Ramos, Licelander, Murillo-Arango, Walter, Vasco-Correa, Juliana, 2024

Advances in microbial pretreatment for biorefining of perennial grasses
Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, Vasco-Correa, Juliana, Zuleta-Correa, Ana, Gómez-León, Javier, Pérez-Taborda, Jaime Andrés, 2023

A techno-economic study to evaluate the impacts of feedstock ratio on commercial scale co-pyrolysis plants of biomass and waste tire
Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis, Khan, Shoaib Raza, Ciolkosz, Daniel, Vasco-Correa, Juliana, Zeeshan, Muhammad, 2022

Sequential fungal pretreatment of unsterilized Miscanthus: changes in composition, cellulose digestibility and microbial communities
Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, Vasco-Correa, Juliana, Capouya, Rachel, Shah, Ajay, Mitchell, Thomas K., 2022

Biomass to value-added products using microbial consortia with white-rot fungi
Bioresource Technology Reports, González, Camila, Gonzalez, C, Wu, Yajie, Zuleta-Correa, Ana, Jaramillo, Glorimar, Vasco-Correa, Juliana, 2021

Hydrothermal carbonization of anaerobically digested sewage sludge for hydrochar production
Bioresource Technology Reports, Huezo, Luis, Vasco-Correa, Juliana, Shah, Ajay, 2021

Water-energy nexus in biobased systems, Mousavi-Avval, S, Khanal, A, Vasco-Correa, Juliana, Huezo, L, Shah, A, 2021

Enzymatic extraction and characterization of pectin from cocoa pod husks (Theobroma cacao L.) using celluclast® 1.5 L
Molecules, Hennessey-Ramos, Licelander, Murillo-Arango, Walter, Vasco-Correa, Juliana, Astudillo, Isabel Cristina Paz, 2021

Water-Energy Nexus in Bio-Based Systems, Mousavi-Avval, Seyed Hashem, Khanal, Asmita, Vasco-Correa, Juliana, Huezo, Luis, Shah, Ajay, 2021

Comparative study of changes in composition and structure during sequential fungal pretreatment of non-sterile lignocellulosic feedstocks
Industrial Crops and Products, Vasco-Correa, Juliana, Luo, Xiaolan, Li, Yebo, Shah, Ajay, 2019

Techno-economic bottlenecks of the fungal pretreatment of lignocellulosic biomass
Fermentation, Vasco-Correa, Juliana, Shah, Ajay, 2019

Economic Implications of Anaerobic Digestion for Bioenergy Production and Waste Management
Ohioline, Vasco-Correa, Juliana, Manandhar, A, Shah, A, 2018

Anaerobic digestion for bioenergy production: Global status, environmental and techno-economic implications, and government policies
Agricultural Wastes, Vasco-Correa, Juliana, Khanal, Sami, Manandhar, Ashish, Shah, Ajay, 2018

Solid-State Fermentation Bioreactors and Fundamentals, Ge, X, Vasco-Correa, Juliana, Li, Y, 2017

Solid-State Fermentation Bioreactors and Fundamentals, Ge, X., Vasco-Correa, J., Li, Y., 2017

Fungal pretreatment of non-sterile miscanthus for enhanced enzymatic hydrolysis
Agricultural Wastes, Vasco-Correa, Juliana, Ge, Xumeng, Li, Yebo, 2016

Giant reed: A competitive energy crop in comparison with miscanthus
Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Ge, Xumeng, Xu, Fuqing, Vasco-Correa, Juliana, Li, Yebo, 2016

Biological Pretreatment of Lignocellulosic Biomass, Vasco-Correa, Juliana, Ge, X, Li, Y, 2016

Biological Pretreatment of Lignocellulosic Biomass, Vasco-Correa, J., Ge, X., Li, Y., 2016

Fungal pretreatment of unsterilized yard trimmings for enhanced methane production by solid-state anaerobic digestion
Agricultural Wastes, Zhao, Jia, Ge, Xumeng, Vasco-Correa, Juliana, Li, Yebo, 2014