COREY J. WILSON is a Professor in the School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Professor Wilson is the Director and lead investigator of the NSF Growing Convergence Research Program for Biomolecular Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech. Prior to his current appointment, he was an Associate Professor at Yale University in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering. Preceding his first faculty appointment he was a Gordon E. Moore Postdoctoral Scholar at the California Institute of Technology.

Professor Wilson’s research program seeks to engineer novel synthetic biological systems of bespoke function for high-impact applications. Professor Wilson’s lab leverages a unique blend of iterative protein engineering and genetic engineering to design novel synthetic biological systems. Current efforts are focused on the area of engineering cooperative systems of functional proteins and cognate genetic elements to create intelligent microorganisms, next-generation biological security & bio-cryptography tools, living therapeutics, and next-generation biosynthesis & biomanufacturing technologies. He was recently elected to the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineers (AIMBE - class of 2021) for his efforts in developing the field of Biomolecular Systems Engineering. Professor Wilson is also the Director of a next-generation biomanufacturing center at GT in collaboration with industrial partner BASF.


Elected - American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE): citation “For his seminal work in developing the field of Biomolecular Systems Engineering, Intelligent Microorganisms, and promoting diversity in STEM” (2021).

Appointed - King-Chávez-Parks Professor (2021).

Editorial Advisory Board - ACS Synthetic Biology (2021 - Present).

Editorial Advisory Board - JACS (Au) (2021 - Present).

Elected - National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Faculty Advisor at Georgia Tech (2021 - Present).

Editorial Advisory Board – Protein Engineering Design & Selection (PEDS – Oxford Press) (2020 – Present).

NSF Growing Convergence Research Principal Investigator (2019).

Inspire@Tech Award – Sponsor Student Government Association: personal inspirational stories, while promoting diversity, inclusion and equitable community (2019).

“Thanks for Being a Great Teacher” Award – Thank a Teacher Certificate – ChBE 3130, Thermodynamics II: Georgia Institute of Technology (2018).

Keynote Speaker: The African-American Male initiative (AAMI) Inaugural Academic Empowerment Fair, Georgia Tech (2018).

Award: Faces of Inclusive Excellence (2018).

Keynote Speaker AiCHE: Advances in Rational and Computational Protein Design Keynote Presentation (2016).

Elected to the Nominating Committee of the Protein Society (2016).

Chairman: Biophysical Society 59th Annual Meeting, Protein Evolution and Allosteric Networks (2015).

Chairman: Conference Organizer: 3rd, 4th and 5th Yale Biophysics & Structural Biology Symposium (2013, 2014, 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).

National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship (2006-2008).

National Academy of Science Ford Foundation Fellowship (2006).*

Schroepfer Award: For Outstanding PhD Thesis 2005.

Houston Area Molecular Biophysics Program, Research Fellowship (2003-2005).

Presidential Fellow at Rice University (2002-2005).

Schroepfer Award: For Outstanding Published Research 2004-2005.

Best graduate student poster award Eighth Annual Structural Biology Symposium, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston (TX) May 2-4, 2003.

American Society for Microbiology Undergraduate Research Fellowship (2001-2002).

Honors Graduate (Summa Cum Laude).

Engineering Honors Society (Tau Beta Pi).

Chemical Engineering Honors Club (Omega Chi Epsilon).

* awarded – respectfully declined