Fur-Chi Chen

Fur-Chi Chen
Research Professor
Food Science
Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
College of Agriculture

Contact Information
Office Location: 111B CARP Building
Telephone: 615-963-5410
Email: fchen1@tnstate.edu

Research Areas
Developing molecular fingerprint and biosensor methods for the detection of foodborne pathogens in foods
Developing immunoassays for food safety applications including detection of food allergens, toxins, and adulterants
Assessing risks associated with and developing microbial models of food safety practices during processing and storage.

Chen, F.C., S. L. Godwin, D. Chambers, E. Chambers IV, S. Cates, R. Stone, and A. Donelan. 2018. Contamination by Meat Juice When Shopping for Packages of Raw Poultry. J. Food Prot. 81(5):835-841

Chen, F.C., Godwin, S.L., and Chambers, E. 2016. An Immunoassay for Quantification of Contamination by Raw Chicken Juice on Food Contact Surfaces. Journal of Food Protection 79(11):1971-1976

Chen, F.C., Zhou, S., Nahashon, S., and Bridgman, R.C. 2016. Detection of Salmonella and Campylobacter in chicken rinse water using a surface plasmon resonance sensor. In “Microbes in the spotlight: recent progress in the understanding of beneficial and harmful microorganisms” (pp186-190). A. Mendez-Vilas (Ed.), Brown Walker Press, Boca Raton, FL

Zhou, S., Bhatti, S., Wei, S., and Chen, F.C. 2016. Organic strawberry production in Tennessee, USA, and areas of comparable climate in China. In Nandwani, Dilip (Ed.), Organic Farming for Sustainable Agriculture (pp37-69). New York, NY: Springer.

Bohannon-Stewart, A., Kelley, G., Kimathi, B., Subramanya, S., Donkor, J., Darris, C., Tyus, J., Payne, A., Byers, S., Hui, D., Nahashon, S., Chen, F.C., Ivy, M., and Wang, X. 2014. Expression of potential regulatory genes in abdominal adipose tissue of broiler chickens during early development. Genetics Research International, Volume 2014, p1-10.

Chen, F.C., and Godwin, S.L. 2012. The bacteria content of bagged, pre-washed greens as related to the best if used by date. J. Food Dist. Res. 42(3): 1-6.

Godwin, S.L., and Chen, F.C. 2012. Microbiological quality of packaged lunchmeat as related to the sell-by-date. J. Food Dist. Res. 42(3): 13-18.

Kilonzo-Nthenge, A., Rotich, E., Godwin, S.L. Nahashon, S., Chen, F.C. 2012. Prevalence and antimicrobial resistance of Cronobacter sakazakii isolated from domestic kitchens in middle Tennessee, United States. J. Food Prot. 75(8): 1512-1517.

Chen, F.C., Godwin, S.L. and Kilonzo-Nthenge, A. 2011. Relationship between cleaning practices and microbiological contamination in domestic kitchens. Food Protection Trends, 31(11):672-679.

Kilonzo-Nthenge, A., Chen, F-C., and Godwin, S.L. 2008. Occurrence of Listeria and Enterobacteriaceae in Domestic Refrigerators. J. Food Prot: 71(3):608-612.

Kilonzo-Nthenge, A., Nahashon, S., Chen, F-C, and Adefope, N. 2008. Prevalence and Antimicrobial Resistance of Pathogenic Bacteria in Chicken and Guinea Fowl. Poultry Sci. 87: 1841-1848

Dodo, H. W., Konan, K. N., Chen, F-C., Egnin, M., and Viquez, O. M. 2008. Alleviating Peanut Allergy Using Genetic Engineering: The Silencing Of The Immunodominant Allergen Ara H 2 Leads To Its Significant Reduction And A Decrease In Peanut Allergenicity. Plant Biotechnology Journal 6 (2), 135–145.

Zhou, S., Sauve, R., and Chen, F-C. 2007. Structure and temperature regulated expression of a cysteine proteinase gene in pachysandra terminalis Sieb. & Zucc. J. Amer. Soc. Hort. Sci. 132(1):97–101.

Godwin, S.L., Chen, F-C., Chamber, E., Coppings, R., and Chamber, D. 2007. A comprehensive evaluation of temperatures within home refrigerators. Food Protection Trends, 27 (3): 168-173.

Chen, F-C., Hsieh, Y-H. P., Bridgman, R. C., and Kilonzo-Nthenge, A. 2006. Kinetics of tropomyosin denaturation as a predictive model for verifying thermal processing of beef products. J. Food Protection, 69(10):2447-2453.

Chen, F-C., and Godwin, S. L. 2006. Comparison of a rapid ATP bioluminescence assay and standard plate count methods for assessing microbial contamination of consumer's refrigerators. J. Food Protection, 69(10):2534-2538.

Godwin, S. L., Chen, F-C., and Coppings, R. 2006. Correlation of visual perceptions of cleanliness and reported cleaning practices with measures of microbial contamination in home refrigerators. Food Protection Trends, 26 (7): 474-480.

Kilonzo-Nthenge, A., Chen, F-C., and Godwin, S. L. 2006. Efficacy of home washing methods in controlling surface microbial contamination on fresh produce. J. Food Protection, 69(2): 330-334.

Zhou, S., Chen, F-C., Nahashon, S., and Chen, T. 2006. Cloning and characterization of glycolate oxidase and NADH-dependent hydropyruvate reductase genes in Pachysandra terminalis. Hort. Science, 41(5):1-5.

Liu, L., Chen, F-C., Dorsey, J. L., and Hsieh, Y-H. P. 2006. Sensitive monoclonal antibody-based sandwich ELISA for the detection of porcine skeletal muscle in meat and feed products. J. Food Science, 71(1): 1-6.


NUFS 1110 Food Principles and Meal Management
NUFS-2110 Elementary Nutrition
NUFS-3110 Experimental Food
NUFS- 4500 Senior Project
AGSC-4460 Food Chemistry

Awards and Honors
National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection (NACMPI), 2010-2014
Distinguished Research Scientist Award, IAgER, Tennessee State University, 12/2007
Faculty Research Award, Tennessee State University, 04/2007

Ph.D. Food Science, Auburn University
M.S.  Food Science, University of Wisconsin-Stout
B.S.   Nutrition, Chung Shan Medical & Dental College, Taiwan

Date joined staff:  2002

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