Huei Chung Tseng, PhD

Professor

Department of Microbiology, Soochow University, Taipei, Taiwan, China    

email: hctseng@scu.edu.tw

Biography

In 1971, Huei Chung Tseng was graduated from Department of Plant Pathology, National Taiwan University. In 1973, He obtained a Master of Science from Institute of Microbiology, School of Medicine, National Taiwan University. Since 1980, he has been researching and teaching at the Department of Microbiology, Soochow University. In addition to teaching, Tseng participated in the editing of the Taiwan’s famous popular science magazine, Science Monthly, and was the chief editor of 1980~1984.

Huei Chung Tseng received his PhD degree from Institute of Microbiology and Immunology, National Yang-Ming Medical College in 1990. His PhD was under the direction of Professor Carton W. Chen, the discoverer for linear chromosome in streptomyces, where he elucidated the suppressor role of cutRcutS operon to the melanin expression in Streptomyces lividans. This regulatory DNA was further proved as the first signal transduction system that was found to regulate production of secondary metabolite such as antibiotics in actinomycetes.

From 1991 to 1993, he continued studying transfer RNA genes and informational suppression in S. lividans.

As a full professor since 1991, Dr. Tseng was responsible for the teaching of biology, general microbiology, pathogenic microbiology, life science and humanities, and microbial genetics. He also hosted experimental teaching of microbial genetics. In 1995, He switched to study the potentiality of one thermoacidophilic bacteria called Alicyclobacillus acidocaldarius that was isolated from hot sulfur spring. The bacteria can secret glucose isomerase that is useful in food industry. Dr. Tseng and his students has cloned the whole operon about xylose degradation, disclosed the fine structure of related genes for various sugar metabolism and explore the corresponding regulatory circuit.

From 1995 to 2008, Tseng was appointed Dean of General Affairs, Soochow University.

From 2012 to 2015, Tseng served as the chairman of Department of Microbiology, Soochow University.