Clara Chan

Associate Professor, Geological Sciences

University of Delaware

Delaware Biotechnology Institute
15 Innovation Way, Room 126
Newark, DE 19711

Email: cschan@udel.edu
Phone: 302-831-1819
Website: http://udel.edu/~cschan/Site/Home.html
SciNav Link: http://scinav.udel.edu/individual.php?lastname=%27Chan%27&firstname=%27Clara%27

Education:
  • B.S. Stanford, Geological and Environmental Sciences
    M.S. Stanford, Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Ph.D. Univ. of California, Berkeley, Earth and Planetary Sciences
    Postdoctoral Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Research Overview:

We study geomicrobiology–how microorganisms affect environmental chemistry and how chemistry selects for and influences the evolution of life. Our research focuses on microbe-mineral interactions in streams, soils, aquifers, caves, and deep sea hydrothermal vents. Our approach is multidisciplinary, combining geochemical field characterization and sampling, molecular biology, biochemistry, microbiology and a wide variety of microscopy and spectroscopy techniques. The core of our work involves Fe(II) oxidation and biomineralization, though we are branching out into the world of microbe-S(0) interactions.