Mike Henson

Research Associate Professor
Biological Sciences Department

Office: Life Sciences Facility
Phone: 864-656-3057
Fax: 157-A

Email: hhenson@clemson.edu

 Educational Background

Ph.D Microbiology
University of Florida 1983

M.S. Microbiology
Clemson University 1978

B.S. Biology
University of South Carolina 1975

 Courses Taught

Environmental Microbiology
Marine Microbiology
Industrial Microbiology
Bacterial Metabolism
Bacteriological Techniques
General Microbiology

 Research Interests

Microbial deconstruction of switchgrass to soluble carbohydrates, which can be converted to various end products such as biofuels. Anaerobic and aerobic processes to include interactions of fungi and bacteria with plants and animals. Electrochemistry as a mechanism to grow anaerobic bacteria and to monitor the growth and metabolism of anerobic bacteria.


Jain, A, Bediako, SH, and JM Henson. 2016. Correlation analysis of enzyme activities and deconstruction of ammonia-pretreated switchgrass by bacterial-fungal communities. Bioresource Technol.

Jain, A Kerrigan, JL Hammonds, R and JM Henson. 2014. Characterization of a Trichoderma atroviride strain isolated from switchgrass bales and its use to hydrolyze ammonia-pretreated switchgrass for biobutanol production. Biomass Bioenergy 64:299-308.

Gowtham, YK, KP Miller, DB Hodge, JM Henson, and SW Harcum. 2014. A novel two-stage fermentation process for bioethanol production using Saccharomyces pastorianus. Biotechnol Prog. 30:300-314.

Vandenbrink, JP, RE Hammonds, RN Hilten, KC Das, JM Henson, AH Paterson, and FA Feltus. 2013. Tissue specific analysis of bioconversion traits in the bioenergy grass Sorghum bicolor. Indust Crops Prod. 50:118-130.

Jain, A, CK Morlok, and JM Henson. 2013. Comparison of solid-state and submerged state fermentation for the bioprocessing of switchgrass to biofuels by Clostridium phytofermentans. Appl Microbiol Biotechnol. 97: 905-917.

Miller, KP, YK Gowtham, JM Henson, and SW Harcum. 2012. Xylose isomerase improves growth and ethanol production rates from biomass sugars for both Saccharomyces pastorianus and Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Biotechnol Prog. 28:669-680.