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Yvonne Chen, PhD

Assistant Professor, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering


Prof. Chen’s research experience includes engineering RNA-based regulatory systems for mammalian systems, demonstrating the ability to achieve rapid, reversible, small-molecule–responsive control over T-cell proliferation in tissue culture and in animal models. As a postdoctoral scholar at the Seattle Children’s Research Institute and Harvard Medical School, Yvonne continued her research on engineering next-generation chimeric antigen receptors capable of logical computation of multiple antigen signals to enhance adoptive T-cell therapy for cancer. Yvonne was a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows and a recipient of the 2012 NIH Director’s Early Independence Award.

Education & Training

  • 2004: Stanford University, BS, Chemical Engineering
  • 2011: California Institute of Technology, PhD, Chemical Engineering
  • 2013: Harvard Medical School, Postdoc

Awards & Honors

  • 2016: National Science Foundation CAREER Award; Young Investigator Award in Cell and Gene Therapy for Cancer, Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy
  • 2015: Hellman Fellowship
  • 2012: NIH Director’s Early Independence Award; Harvard University William F. Milton Fund
  • 2011-2014: Junior Fellowship, Harvard Society of Fellows