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ChBE Seminar - Adding Logic to Complex Protein Functions

Event Date 

September 13, 2017 - 3:15pm to 4:30pm


Perlstein Hall 131 - Auditorium
10 West 33 Street
Chicago IL, 60616


Armour College of Engineering's Chemical and Biological Engineering Department will host a seminar featuring  Dr. Wilfred Chen, Gore Professor of Chemical Engineering Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of DelwareHe will be presenting his lecture, Adding Logic to Complex Protein Functions.


Proteins are the most versatile among the various biological building blocks. However, the strength of proteins - their versatility and specific interactions - also complicates and hinders their systematic design and engineering. Our lab has been interested in exploiting the modular nature of protein domains to design synthetic complexes that can perform new biological functions. By adding logical components into the design, protein complexes that are dynamic rather than static in nature can be created to adapt to the constantly changing cellular environments. In this presentation, I will outline several successful examples in connecting exchangeable protein domains for predicative engineering applications in (1) energy substantiality and (2) human health.

Speaker Bio

Photo of Professor Professor Wilfred ChenProfessor Wilfred Chen joined the University of Delaware in January 1, 2011 as the Gore Professor of Chemical Engineering. He obtained his B.S. degree from UCLA in 1988 and his Ph.D. from Caltech in 1993, both in Chemical Engineering. After one-year postdoc in Switzerland, he joined UC Riverside in 1994. He was Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering and the holder of Presidential Chair until 2010. His research interests are in Synthetic Biology and Protein Engineering. Prof. Chen has published more than 220 journal papers and delivered over 70 invited lectures. He serves on the editorial board for six scientific publications. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE).