Fu-Chih Hsu

Fu-Chih Hsu, MS, PhD

Dr. Hsu serves as the President of Scientific Methods Inc. He has over 19 years of experience in environmental microbiology and was responsible for establishing and directing the operation of a state of the art microbiology laboratory unit for one of the nation’s largest drinking water testing facilities (Environmental Health Laboratories).

He has extensive experience in the application of oligoprobe hybridization techniques for classifying viruses to discriminate fecal pollution sources and in the determination of viability of protozoan parasites such as Cryptosporidium using in situ hybridization detection of 16S ribosomal RNA.
He has also directed studies of viral pathogen transport and survival from individual household septic systems, and has developed presence/absence and direct membrane filtration methods to detect low levels of coliphages in surface and ground waters. The detection methods he developed have been modified and validated by the USEPA in national round-robin studies, resulting in USEPA methods 1601/1602.

In the past 5 years, he has extensively studied on the concentrations of multiple pathogens from large volumes of water as well as rapid testing of fecal and viral indicators.