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, Qi Chen, Daniel Blackstock, and Wilfred Chen, Post-translational modification of bio-nanoparticles as a modular platform for biosensor assembly, ACS Nano, 9, 8554-8561, 2015.

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.



September 2015
Dr. Chen selected as the 2015 winner of the Daniel I.C. Wang Award for Excellence in Biochemical Engineering

April 2015
Congratulations to Lauren for receiving this year NSF Graduate Fellowship.

We welcome a new graduate student, Andrew Gaynor, to the group

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

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

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

Last Updated: September 29, 2015


Department of Chemical  and Biomolecular Engineering, Colburn Lab 224, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19716

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