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Welcome to Chu Biotechnology Lab  

Our lab is in the Zachry Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at  Texas A&M University. 

Our research interests are in enhancing our understanding of microbial-mediated processes in natural and engineered systems, and in application and development of biotechnology to address various environmental challenges in water, soils, and energy.  

The Chu lab applies molecular biology, isotopic techniques, chemical analysis, and phage biology to study environmental and biological systems, with  focuses on (i) microbial ecology, fate and transport, biodegradation of environmental pollutants such as emerging contaminants and persistent organic pollutants, (ii) production of biofuels and bioproducts from renewable resources, and (iii) detection, tracking, and quantification of microorganisms that play roles in water quality, bioremediation, carbon sequestration and nitrogen cycle in the environment.  Other research areas include development and application of novel sorbents and catalysts (bio and non-bio) for removing and/or monitoring emerging environmental pollutants.

Dr. Kung-Hui (Bella) Chu
Dr. Kung-Hui (Bella) Chu

Interested in Joining Chu Biotechnology Lab? 

We are always looking for self-motivated and talented undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoc scholars who can drive exciting new projects in environmental biotechnology.  Please e-mail one-page research interest statement and your resume to Dr. Chu (kchu@civil.tamu.edu), with a subject line as "UG applicant_name", "M.S. applicant _name", Ph.D. applicant_name”, or “Postdoc applicant_name”.   

New Ph.D. Student Positions 

Dr. Chu’s research group is seeking 2 to 3 motivated Ph.D. students for Fall 2020 to conduct multidisciplinary research projects on environmental engineering and biotechnology. Strongly self-motivated individuals  working well in collaborative research environments are particularly sought. Applicants should have a MS degree in environmental engineering, environmental science, or chemical engineering, or closely related fields (such as microbiology and chemistry). Prior experience in molecular tools, including but not limited to reverse-transcription, quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR), transcriptomics, proteomics, and whole-genome sequencing, is particularly preferred. 

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, a resume including the contact information of three references, and a statement of research interests to Dr. Chu at kchu@civil.tamu.edu with an email subject “Ph.D. student application”. Note that only suitable candidates will be contacted for follow-up interview.