Wilfred Chen

Gore Professor of Chemical Engineering

Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering 

224 Colburn Lab, University of Delaware, Newark DE 19716

Phone: 302.831.6327
Fax: 302.831.1048


The complex interactions between humans and the rest of the biosphere have created some of our most challenging global problems in human history such as energy sustainability, severe pollutions, and emergence or re-emergence of old and new epidemics and diseases. Research in our laboratory is focused on the development of next generation molecular tools in addressing these key global problems in virus infection, biofuel production, and separation of protein pharmaceutics.

Latest publications

Qing Sun, Bhawna Madan, Shen-Long Tsai, Matthew P. DeLisa, and Wilfred Chen, Creation of artificial cellulosomes on DNA scaffolds by zinc finger protein-guided assembly for efficient cellulose hydrolysis, Chem. Comm., 50, 1423-1425, 2014.

Miso Park, Qing Sun, Fang Liu, Matthew P. DeLisa, and Wilfred Chen, Positional assembly of enzymes on bacterial outer membrane vesicles for cascade reactions, PLOS one, 9, e97103, 2014.

Shen-Long Tsai, Nancy A. DaSilva, and Wilfred Chen, Functional display of complex cellulosomes on the yeast surface via adaptive assembly, ACS Synthetic Biology, 2, 14-21, 2013.

Divya Sivaraman, Payal Biswas, Lakshmi N Cella, Marylynn V. Yates and Wilfred Chen, Detecting RNA viruses in living mammalian cells by fluorescence microscopy, Trends in Biotechnol., 29, 37-313, 2011. cover



January 2015
Three new graduate students, Lauren Dorsey, Andrew Swartz, Emily Berckman and a new postdoc, Maryam Raeeszadeh-Sarmazdeh  join the lab

June 2014
A new graduate student, Emily Hartzell, and a new postdoc, Vince Price, join the lab

October 2014
Congratulations to Dr. Daniel Blackstock

October 2013
Congratulations to Dr. Fang Liu and Miso Park

September 2012
Dr. Chen selected as the 2012 winner of the Biotechnology Progress Award for Excellence in Biological Engineering Publication more

July 2012
Chen Lab alumnus Shen-Long Tsai has accepted a faculty position at the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology. Congratulations Professor Tsai!!

Open Positions
New opportunities in the lab - One Ph.D. student

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