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Vijay Singh, Ph.D.

Dr. Singh recent research activities are at the nexus of plant biotechnology and bioprocessing and are leading the development of new technologies and renewable products in the industrial biotech space.


  • Professor, Agricultural and Biological Engineering
  • Professor, College of Engineering
  • Affiliate, Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology
  • ACES Distinguished Professor in Bioprocessing, Agricultural and Biological Engineering
  • Director, Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory (IBRL), Agricultural and Biological Engineering


  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign


Dr. Vijay Singh is a Distinguished Professor of Bioprocessing in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Director of Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Deputy Director of the Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation. His research is on the development of bioprocessing technologies for corn/biomass to ethanol, advanced biofuels, food and industrial products. Dr. Singh recent research activities are at the nexus of plant biotechnology and bioprocessing and are leading the development of new technologies and renewable products in the industrial biotech space. In his role at IBRL, Dr. Singh provides leadership in developing industrial partnerships, bioprocess pilot-scale proof-of-concept activities and techno-economic analyses to facilitate commercialization of innovative technologies.

A fellow of the American Association of Cereal Chemists (AACCI), Dr. Singh has been a principal investigator or co-principal investigator for more than $116 million in research, has authored 170 peer-reviewed journal articles, 16 book chapters, 72 other publications and holds ten patents related to corn processing and biofuels production. He was recognized with the 2003 Young Faculty Excellence Award from Corn Refiners Association, the 2005 New Holland Young Researcher Award from the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. The American Association of Cereal Chemists-International recognized him with Young Scientist Award (2007), Teaching Excellence Award (2013) and Applied Research Award (2018). Dr. Singh has also received College of ACES and College of Engineering Research Awards. In 2015, Dr. Singh was selected as University Scholar, the highest honor given to a faculty member at the University of Illinois-system wide. Dr. Singh has served on the Advisory Board of Fulbright Commission, US-Brazil Biofuels Network and currently serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of Great Lakes Biomass Research Center, US Department of Energy. Dr. Singh received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Food and Bioprocess Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Relevant Publications:

Dien, B. S., Mitchell, R. B., Bowman, M. J., Jin, V. L., Quarterman, J., Schmer, M. R., … Slininger, P. J. (2018). Bioconversion of Pelletized Big Bluestem, Switchgrass, and Low-Diversity Grass Mixtures Into Sugars and Bioethanol. Frontiers in Energy Research, 6. 

Kumar, D., Juneja, A., & Singh, V. (2018). Fermentation technology to improve productivity in dry grind corn process for bioethanol production. Fuel Processing Technology, 173, 66–74. 

Kurambhatti, C. V., Kumar, D., Rausch, K. D., Tumbleson, M. E., & Singh, V. (2018). Increasing ethanol yield through fiber conversion in corn dry grind process. Bioresource Technology, 270, 742–745. 

Ramchandran, D., Moose, S. P., Low, K., Arp, J., Parsons, C. M., & Singh, V. (2017). Ethanol yields and elevated amino acids in distillers dried grains with solubles from maize grain with higher concentrations of essential amino acids. Industrial Crops and Products, 103, 244–250.

Kumar, D., Long, S. P., & Singh, V. (2017). Biorefinery for combined production of jet fuel and ethanol from lipid-producing sugarcane: a techno-economic evaluation. GCB Bioenergy, 10(2), 92–107.

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