Dr. Johnson received her bachelor and doctorate degrees in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering Science at Western University, London, ON, Canada, where she holds an appointment of Adjunct Professor.
Her work in industry has been primarily in process/product development in both research and industrial environments in the food and beverage, biofuels, enzyme, nutraceutical, and specialty chemicals industries. At AB InBev, she led a novel project to develop a continuous fermentation for production of North American lager beer. She supervised the Ethanol Fermentation Research Laboratory at Iogen Corp., Ottawa, supporting the world’s first demonstration plant producing ethanol from lignocellulosic material. She operated a private research facility, BioTransform Research, London, ON, established to provide research services in the advancement of a “bio-based economy.” She co-founded Renix Inc., a company commercializing process equipment for continuous uninterrupted ion exchange. As a development engineer at GreenField Ethanol, Chatham, ON, she identified and evaluated opportunities and technologies to commercialize new value-added products from first and second-generation biofuel production. As research engineer, Western University, London, ON, she led an industrially supported project to produce biobutanol from biodiesel-derived waste glycerol.