Academic Profile

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.
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Asst Prof Ming-Hsu Chen
Assistant Professor, School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering

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 to inquire about open positions.
  • A Sustainable Bio-platform for High Quality Microbial Protein Production

  • A Sustainable Bio-platform for High Quality Microbial Protein Production (SCBE-CMH_NEW)

  • A Sustainable Bio-platform for High Quality Microbial Protein Production (SCBE-CMH)

  • Engineering Solutions Inspired by Plastics-eating Worms to End Plastic Waste

  • Inulin Colonic Digestion: Key Fermenting Microorganisms,Microbial Interactions, and Metabolic Output

  • Modification of Brown Rice Protein Isolate Using Microbial Transglutaminases: Functional Property Enhancement and Nutritional Evaluation
  • Tianming Yao, Ming-Hsu Chen, Stephen R. Lindemann. (2020). Structurally complex carbohydrates maintain diversity in gut-derived microbial consortia under high dilution pressure. FEMS MICROBIOLOGY ECOLOGY, 96, 1-16.

  • Anam Nasir, Fazal Sattar, Iram Ashfaq, Stephen R. Lindemann, Ming-Hsu Chen, Wim Van den Ende, Ebru Toksoy Ӧner, Onur Kirtel, Shazia Khaliq, M. Afzal Ghauri, Munir A. Anwar. (2020). Production and characterization of a high molecular weight levan and fructooligosaccharides from a rhizospheric isolate of Bacillus aryabhattai. LWT-FOOD SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, 123, 109093.