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Profiling professors: Charles Tseng

By Kali Porzel
On January 29, 2012

Charles Tseng has been making a huge impact in the research community for a great deal of time. Since 1994, Tseng has received $4.2 million in grant money to conduct research based on genetics and DNA.

His most recent grant was from Subcontract PI to Indiana University Bloomington for $332,409, which is in effect for 2011-2013.

Tseng received his B.S. in Biology at the Taiwan Normal University in Taipei, Taiwan, his M.S. in Botany at the National Taiwan University in Taipei, Taiwan and his Ph.D. in Botany at the University of California in Los Angeles, California.

Tseng has been working on research in functional genomics. He, along with faculty at PUC and other universities, are trying to find the effect of Listeria on genome-wide gene expression in human brain cells and find the effect of radiofrequency field on the human and bacterial genomes. They are trying to figure out how Listeria affects the DNA in human brain cells and what effect radiofrequency has on human and bacterial DNA.

Tseng is also involved in many other research projects including: structural genomics, bioimaging as well as modeling and visualization.

"My current research has many impacts, including understanding the genetic basis of certain cancers such as leukemia and understanding the effects of radiofrequency field (cell phones, microwaves) on human and bacterial DNA," Tseng said.

Carrie Gonzalez, sophomore biology student, took Tseng's genetics class and thought it was amazing.

"Dr. Tseng is a wonderful teacher. He is very encouraging and cares passionately about his research," Gonzalez said.

According to Tseng, research is necessary to help further educate students, because technology keeps advancing. The more research that is done with biological sciences, the more information the instructors can pass onto their students.

Tseng is currently teaching five classes at PUC while continuing to do research.

Curtis Gomez, senior pre-med student, said, "Genetics was a great class. I learned a lot and felt that Tseng was a great instructor. It was a very informational class."

Tseng has been also working on an interactive program that allows students to visualize and interact with different aspects of genetics. His Biol 24400 Genetics class is currently using the preliminary version of this program. The program is to help in teaching at the university level, help in clinical genetics laboratories and train high school teachers in the Hammond and Gary areas.

Courses Taught

Biol 2440-Genetics (undergraduate)

Biol 50700-Molecular Biology (graduate)

Biol 50800-Recombinant DNA Technique (graduate)

Biol 59500-Medical Genetics (graduate)

Biol 59500-Human Cytogenetics Technology (graduate)

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