Texas Tech University

Henk C. Den-Bakker

Department of Animal and Food Sciences, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources

Henk (Hendrik) den Bakker, a dutch native, will work closely with Tech's International Center for Food Industry Excellence and the university's Center for Biotechnology and Genomics.

Den Bakker is particularly interested in population biology and ecology of bacterial pathogens, and has a strong interest in translating basic research in his area of expertise to applications in animal and public health settings. One of his primary goals here at Tech is to carry out collaborative research involving next generation sequencing technology, in particular research on microbiomes, and bacterial genomics.

Prior to joining the Tech faculty, Den Bakker worked as research associate in Cornell University's Department of Food Science, and served as a Kits van Waveren Graduate Fellow at Leiden University in the Netherlands.

Den Bakker received his master's degree in systematic biology, with a specialty in mycology and botany form Leiden University in the Netherlands. His doctorate degree in Mycology is from the National Herbarium of the Netherlands at Leiden University in the Netherlands. He is a member American Society for Microbiology and the Genetics Society of America.