|Associate Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics|
|Co-Director, Tumor Immunology Program, Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center|
|Member, Eli & Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine & Stem Cell Research, Immunity, Microbes & Molecular Pathogenesis GPB Home Area, Molecular Biology Institute, Molecular Pharmacology GPB Home Area|
Prof. Yvonne Chen's research focuses on applying synthetic biology and biomolecular engineering techniques to the development of robust cell-based immunotherapy for cancer, particularly T cells expressing tumor-targeting chimeric antigen receptors. She received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University and her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering form the California Institute of Technology. Yvonne was a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows prior to joining UCLA in 2013. The Chen Laboratory's work on engineering next-generation T-cell therapy for cancer has been recognized by the NIH Director’s Early Independence Award, NSF CAREER Award, the ACGT New Investigator Award in Cell and Gene Therapy for Cancer, the Mark Foundation Emerging Leader Award, and the Cancer Research Institute Lloyd J. Old STAR Award.