COREY J. WILSON is an associate professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Prior to coming to Georgia Tech, he was an associate professor at Yale University in the Department of Chemical Engineering with a complimentary appointment in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics. Prior to his faculty appointments professor Wilson was a postdoctoral scholar at California Institute of Technology, in the Division of Biological Sciences / Division of Chemistry & Chemical Engineering.

The overarching theme of the Wilson Lab’s research is biomolecular engineering, with an emphasis on protein and genetic engineering. This effort involves a unique blend of iterative experimentation, computational protein design, and modeling. Current interests focus on designing novel energy transduction systems (i.e., engineering protein systems with distinction for the control of electron transfer versus energy transfer reactions), designing enzymes for conditional catalysis (e.g., the design of temperature adapted enzymes and proteins that are resistant to oxidative stress) and the development of higher-order biosensing proteins that regulate gene expression (i.e., novel regulatory elements for use in various biotechnological applications).


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