Meet the Director

Jinglu Tan
Research, Education and Contact Information

Jinglu Tan, Ph.D.

Director, Chair and James C. Dowell Professor

Jinglu Tan, Ph.D., is jointly appointed and has administrative responsibilities in both the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) and the College of Engineering (CoE).

The joint appointment is partially due to the two colleges co-owning the Department of Bioengineering. Because the two colleges have different administrative structures, Tan has a different scope of responsibilities in each college.

In CAFNR, Tan is the director for the Division of Food Systems and Bioengineering (FSB). CAFNR divides its 16 departments into six administrative divisions, of which Food Systems and Bioengineering is one. The other five divisions are: Animal Sciences, Biochemistry, School of Natural Resources, Plant Sciences and Applied Social Sciences. Each division has a director who reports to the vice chancellor and dean of the College.

FSB includes multiple academic departments, centers and programs. There are four academic programs in the division:

Each program is led by a department chair or leader. Tan is also the chair for Bioengineering.

Academically, the Bioengineering program is administered by the CoE, and the other three programs are managed by CAFNR.

The extension programs residing in the division cover an array of outreach activities ranging from water quality, precision agriculture, rural safety and health, waste management and value-added processing to food safety.

In CoE, Tan is chair of the Department of Bioengineering, and interim chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering. The other five departments in the college are: Computer Science, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

Tan is co-director of the Bioprocessing and Biosensing Center (BBC), which is one of the four clusters of the prominent University of Missouri Food for the 21st Century (F21C) program. The F21C program is funded by the state government. BBC consists of many researchers from different divisions across the campus.

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