We will be moving to UCLA in 2020.

Mailing address:

Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry 9510

University of California

Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9510

Lab Contact:

BioE 1206

Tel: 805-893-8085

Fax: 805-893-4120

IC Tel: 805-893-8364

Irene A. Chen Google Scholar profile


Biomolecular design and evolution

Phage-conjugated nanoparticles detecting 100 bacterial cells

Experimental fitness landscape of catalytic RNA to predict molecular evolution

We study catalytic RNA and bacteriophages to understand fundamental principles of biomolecular design and evolution. Incorporating these components into nanoscale assemblages allows us to address emerging challenges in biotechnology and infectious diseases.