Clara Chan

Associate Professor, Geological Sciences

University of Delaware

Delaware Biotechnology Institute
590 Avenue 1743
Newark, DE 19713

Phone: 302-831-1819
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  • 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.