Follow us on Facebook
Current Students
Prospective Students
Faculty & Staff
EmailEmail  PrintPrint  a a a

Next TU Science Café to discuss predatory bacteria

The last Science Café of the academic year on March 27 will feature the discussion “Predatory bacteria: the world’s smallest hunters” presented by Dr. Huan Chen, a staff scientist at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (NHMFL) at Florida State University.

Dr. Chen’s graduate research is on the ecology of the unique bacterial predators Bdellovibrio-and-like-organisms (BALOs). Her work has resulted in a provisional United States patent and yielded 16 publications.  In 2012, she was one of two students in Florida selected for the Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Students. Her proposal received the prestigious Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant from the National Science Foundation that supported her to extend her research in genomics and bioinformatics by working with the world renowned J. Craig Venter (JCVI) in LaJolla, California.

The only microbiologist at the Ion Cyclotron Resonance facility, one of her current goals is to implement microbial culture and molecular capabilities at the ICR facility to handle the growing number of microbial related research projects and expand the application of Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry (FT-ICR-MS) in the field.

Each Science Café begins with a reception with the speaker in the lobby of Smith-Bonvillian Hall on TU’s Forbes Campus at 6 p.m. followed by the presentation at 6:30 p.m. in the Flowers Foods Executive Classroom. There is no admission charge, and the public is welcome.

For more information, contact April D. Penton at

Education that Engages... Empowers... TRANSFORMS

nimblecmsan NTS product