News


March 2022 Congratulations, Yawen and Tom, on being awarded a CeZAP ID IGEP Grant! 


February 2022 Collaborating with plant scientists, our project has been funded by USDA APHIS to address the issue of plant diseases and improve plant-based food production.


January 2022 Welcome our new graduate students, Caiping and Shengjie.


October 2021 A seed fund from the Center for Emerging, Zoonotic, and Arthropod-Borne Pathogens (CeZAP) is awarded to support our collaboration project of engineering phage M13. Thank you.


October 2021 An undergraduate student (Zane) majoring in FST joins the Chen research group. He will work on engineered yeast for the separation and concentration of noroviruses.


September 2021 Our collaborative proposal with RIT and UMass Amherst has been funded by USDA NIFA. We will develop a digital microfluidic chip (dChip) to detect foodborne bacteria and viral pathogens. Thank you very much, USDA NIFA.


August 2021 Two graduate students (Yawen and Tom) join the Chen research group. Welcome.


May 2021 Our invited paper with Dr. Huang at the University of Auckland in New Zealand has been published on Current Opinion in Food Science.


March 2021 Congrats Samantha on receiving the Fralin Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF). She will develop a CRISPR-assisted Lateral Flow Assay to detect HIV.


March 2021 Dr. Chen gave an invited seminar talk about biosensors for food-water-energy nexus in the School of Chemical Sciences at the University of Auckland in New Zealand.


February 2021 My previous undergraduate mentee has published a first-authored paper about engineered phages on Microorganisms.


February 2021 Our collaborative paper about artificial catalysts for food safety has been accepted by Analytical Chemistry.


November 2020 Two seed funds from the Center for Emerging, Zoonotic, and Arthropod-Borne Pathogens (CeZAP) are awarded to improve food and plant safety. Thank you very much.


October 2020 Dr. Chen gave an invited talk about advanced and innovative biosensors for food safety in the CeZAP serial seminar.


September 2020 We have received a three-year grant supported by USDA NIFA to develop CRISPR-equipped engineered phages (CREEPs) for fresh produce safety.


September 2020 Our collaborative manuscript about smart traceability for food safety has been accepted by Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition.


April 2020 We have received a seed grant from Microbial Systems at Virginia Tech to develop a CRISPR-based biosensor to detect antimicrobial-resistance genes (ARGs) in food systems.


December 2019 Our collaborative paper about the detection of African Swine Fever virus (ASFV) has been accepted by Biosensor & Bioelectronics.


December 2019 Dr. Chen gave two seminar talks about engineered phages for food safety at the Zhejiang University and Jiangnan University.


November 2019 Our paper describing 3D printed microfluidic devices for CTC separation has been accepted by Biosensor & Bioelectronics.


August 2021 Our paper about CRISPR-based biosensors to detect antibiotic-resistance genes (ARGs) has been accepted by Analyst.


August 2019 The Chen research lab at Virginia Tech is now up and running.