Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Dr Sze Chun Chau

Director, Student Experiential Learning
Senior Lecturer
Assistant Chair (Undergraduate Education)

Email: ccsze@ntu.edu.sg
Phone:
Office: SSC 04 02L/ SBS-03N-38
Dr Sze Chun Chau

Biography
Dr Sze Chun Chau has been with the School of Biological Science since 2003. She started her research career in the field of bacterial gene regulation and communication. Specifically, the complexity of gene regulatory circuits and inter-species communication are being investigated using biofilms, i.e. surface-associated and structured bacterial communities, as model systems. This has brought her through sub-themes such as intestinal microbiota, Legionella pneumophila in interaction with its amoebic host. microorganisms in environmental engineering systems, bacteriology-engineering interface such as anti-bacterial nanomaterial and microfluidic PCR systems. In recent years, she has shifted her research interest to pedagogy and the science of learning, in the context of residential education and experiential learning. She has published more than 40 international conference and journal papers.

Dr Sze Chun Chau has been involved in teaching courses such as Introductory Biology, Microbiology and Immunology /Current Topics in Immunology for the Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences programme, as well as General Education Requirement (GER) courses such as Science or Fiction? -Biology in Popular Media and the residential education-based Exploring the Science of Good Eating Experience for the general NTU student population.

As Director of Student Experiential Learning since 2016, she oversees the development of meaningful Experiential Learning programmes in NTU, including establishment of credit-bearing GER courses known as the Deeper Experiential Engagement Projects (DEEP) series. DEEP GER courses link co-curricular activities to disciplines of relevance through creative team-based projects.

Honours and Awards:
National Day Award 2018 - Commendation Medal
Nanyang Education Award (College) for 2017
Nanyang Award for Excellence In Teaching for 2011

Education Qualification:
PhD Umea University 2001
PhL Umea University 1998
BSc(Hons) National University of Singapore 1993
BSc National University of Singapore 1992
Research Interests
Dr Sze Chun Chau has been involved in research related to bacterial gene regulation, biofilm biology, microorganisms in environmental engineering systems, bacteriology-engineering interface and residential and experiential learning.
Current Projects
  • A Novel Mixed-species Bioflim Approach to Screen for Promoters With Potential for Use in Pathogen Biosensors
  • Design and development of digital coaching environment for Deeper Experiential Engagement Projects: co-evolution of education with Artificial Intelligence
  • Development of Microbial Cocktails for purpose of use in Botanicaire air-purification devices (Volatile Organic Compound removal): Phase 1
  • Engaging students as partners in the context of a scientific-thinking course with OBTL elements
  • Genetic regulation and ecological relevance of temperature-dependent filamentation in legionella pneumophila biofilms
  • Understanding Microbial Dynamics in Two-Liquid-Phases Bioreactors for Improved Volatile Organic Compound Biofiltration: A Study of the Long-Term Influences Between Pollutant Removal, Non-Aqueous Phase Stability and Microbial Properties
Selected Publications
  • H. Miao, S. Ratnasingam, C.S. Pu, M.M. Desai, and C.C. Sze. (2009). Dual fluorescence system for flow cytometric analysis of Escherichia coli transcriptional response in multi-species context. Journal of Microbiological Methods, 76, 109-19.
  • Piao, Z., Sze, C. C., Barysheva O., Iida, K. and S. Yoshida. (2006). Temperature-regulated formation of mycelial mat-like biofilm by Legionella pneumophila. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 72, 1613-22.
  • Laurie, A.D., Bernardo, L.M., Sze, C.C., Skarfstad, E., Szalewska-Palasz, A., Nystrom, T. and Shingler, V. (2003). The role of the alarmone (p)ppGpp in sigmaN competition for core RNA polymerase. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 278, 1494-503.
  • Sze, C.C., Bernardo, L.M. and Shingler, V. (2002). Integration of global regulation of two aromatic-responsive sigma54-dependent systems: a common phenotype by different mechanisms. Journal of Bacteriology , 184, 760-70.
  • Sze, C.C., Laurie, A.D. and Shingler, V. (2001). In vivo and in vitro effects of integration host factor at the DmpR- regulated sigma54-dependent Po promoter. Journal of Bacteriology , 183, 2842-51.

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