Mark Early

Mark Early

  • Pre-Doctoral Research Associate
Mark Early serves as a pre-doctoral research associate in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Iowa State University and is affiliated with the Polymer and Food Protection Consortium. His research projects focus on understanding and developing safe and sustainable food packaging materials, including bio-based, recycled polymers, and chemical remediation technologies, in close coordination with students, staff, and industry partners under the supervision of Dr. Keith Vorst and Dr. Greg Curtzwiler.

He earned a B.S. in Chemistry from California Polytechnic State University. He is completing his Ph.D. in Polymer Science & Engineering from the University of Southern Mississippi. His Ph.D. research focuses on dehydrogenase enzyme active coatings, diffusion restriction of epoxy-amine coating matrices, and thermoplastic thermoset hybrid networks.


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Food Sciences
536 Farm House Ln


  • B.S., Chemistry, California Polytechnic State University