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Featured Profile: Jinglu Tan


Jinglu Tan

Bioengineer Dr. Jinglu Tan is focused on advancing health and promoting sustainability.

Understanding complex living systems is at the heart of meeting these two great challenges. Tan works toward that understanding in three arenas: tissue differentiation, plant fluorescence and bioprocess modeling.

To discern variations in human and animal tissue, Tan analyzes statistical data and digital images. His work informs diverse processes including disease evaluation, ultrasound fetal monitoring and the appraisal of beef quality.

Tan also investigates plant fluorescence caused by leakage of electrons from solar energy captured during photosynthesis. The emissions are invisible to the eye but can be measured by infrared sensors. Changes in fluorescence patterns could someday be used to monitor crop health.

In addition, Tan uses a whole system perspective to identify sustainable, environmentally sound techniques for the biomass industry. He builds computer models to test how different components interact, and he is working to create new diagnostic technologies. Applications include system visualization and food process development.

Dr. Jinglu Tan is director of the Division of Food Systems and Bioengineering and James C. Dowell Professor for the Department of Bioengineering in the School of Medicine and the College of Engineering at the University of Missouri. He holds five patents.

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Related Initiative(s):
Food for the Future, Sustainable Energy,