Corey J. Wilson

Corey J. Wilson


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Associate Professor of Chemical & Environmental Engineering, Biomedical Engineering & Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry
Room / Office: Malone 214
Office Address:
55 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 208260
New Haven, CT 06520
Phone: (203) 432-9888

Ph.D., Rice University


The overarching goal of the research conducted in the Wilson Research Group is to establish an integrated experimental and computational framework to translate our understanding of the fundamental principles of biophysics and biochemistry (i.e., the physicochemical properties that confer function) into useful processes, devices, therapies, and diagnostics that will benefit society. To accomplish this the Wilson Research Group focuses on two principle Protein Engineering approaches: (i) computational protein design and (ii) optimized strategies in protein evolution. This research program is an integrated multidisciplinary initiative that includes applied mathematics, computer science, physical chemistry, experimental protein chemistry, biochemistry, cell biology, and molecular biophysics. In turn, our ability to engineer biological materials is a rigorous test of our understanding of the structure-function relationship—on multiple time and length scales. Accordingly, this research platform holds the promise of expanding our general knowledge with regard to protein folding, molecular interactions, signal transduction and enzyme-catalyzed reactions. Projects in the Wilson Research Group include:

  • The rational design of temperature-adapted enzyme function.
  • Engineering resistances to oxidative decay of protein structure and function.
  • Rational design of energy transduction protein systems.
  • Engineer higher-order biosensors and alternate allosteric communication.
  • Development of Next-Generation, Ultra-selective Aquaporin-based Membranes for Water Purification.

Selected Awards & Honors:

  • Chairman: Biophysical Society 59th Annual Meeting, Protein Evolution and Allosteric Networks (2015)
  • Chairman and Conference Organizer: 5th Yale Biophysics & Structural Biology Symposium (2015)
  • Keynote Speaker: Claflin University, 3rd Annual Masters Biotechnology Program Open House (2011-2012)
  • UCHL Early Achievement Award (2009-2010)
  • Gordon Moore Postdoctoral Fellowship at CalTech (2006-2008)
  • Schroepfer Award: For Outstanding PhD Thesis (2005)
  • Schroepfer Award: For Outstanding Published Research (2004-2005)

Selected Publications:

  • Leveraging Rational Design and Detailed Structural Analysis to Elucidate the Mechanism of Oxidative Decay in Adenylate Kinase. Howell, S. C., Mitch, W. A., Richards, D.H. and Wilson, C. J. [in press] (2015) ACS Chemical Biology. PMID: 2626683
  • Rational Protein Design: Developing Next Generation Biological Therapeutics and Nanobiotechnological Tools. Wilson, C.J. (2015) WIREs Nanomedicine & Nanobiotechnology. 7(3):330-41 PMID: 25348497
  • Examining Photoinduced Energy Transfer in Pseudomonas aeruginosa Azurin. Tobin, P and Wilson, C.J. (2014) Journal of American Chemical Society. 136(5):1793-802. PMID: 24467236
  • Understanding thermal adaptation of enzymes through the multistate rational design and stability prediction of 100 adenylate kinases. Howell, S.C., Inampudiand, K.K., Bean, D.P. and Wilson, C.J. (2014) Structure. 4;22(2):218-29. PMID: 24361272
  • Engineering alternate cooperative-communications in the lactose repressor protein scaffold, Protein engineering, design & selection. Meyer, S., Ramot, R., Kishore Inampudi, K., Luo, B., Lin, C., Amere, S., and Wilson, C. J. (2013) Protein Engineering Design & Selection 26, 433-443. PMID: 23587523
  • Role of lysine during protein modification by HOCl and HOBr: halogen-transfer agent or sacrificial antioxidant? Sivey, J. D., Howell, S. C., Bean, D. J., McCurry, D. L., Mitch, W. A., and Wilson, C. J. (2013) Biochemistry 52, 1260-1271. PMID: 23327477
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