Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Asst Prof Ming-Hsu Chen

Assistant Professor, School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering

Email: minghsu.chen@ntu.edu.sg
Asst Prof Ming-Hsu Chen

Biography
Dr. Ming-Hsu Chen, a bioprocess engineer, earned his Ph.D. in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. His dissertation, under the supervision of Prof. Vijay Singh, focused on biomass-derived oligosaccharides—specifically, their production, purification, characterization, and fermentation. Dr. Chen was a postdoctoral researcher at the Whistler Center for Carbohydrate Research at Purdue University, where he and his colleagues, under the supervision of Prof. Stephen R. Lindemann, worked on identifying dietary fiber-consuming microbial consortia and building up microbial interaction models. Currently, Dr. Chen is an assistant professor at the School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering of Nanyang Technological University.
Research Interests
Dr. Chen’s research group works on integrating biological and engineering principles into bioprocess procedures to improve the efficiency of the overall production system. The interdisciplinary team is interested in creating values for agricultural byproducts, optimizing the fermentation process, manufacturing bioactive carbohydrates, and elucidating substrate-specific microbial communities.

Current research focuses include:
1. Sustainable food manufacturing and waste valorization
2. Functional carbohydrate development
3. Gut microbiome and microbial engineering

Prospective student and researcher candidates are encouraged to contact Dr. Chen at minghsu.chen@ntu.edu.sg to inquire about open positions.
Current Projects
  • Deciphering Microbial Interactions during Nondigestible Carbohydrate Fermentation and Determining Their Influence on Human Health
  • Inulin Colonic Digestion: Key Fermenting Microorganisms, Microbial Interactions, and Metabolic Output

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