Diana Chien

Shell-MIT Energy Fellow
Biology


News

Engineers design ‘living materials’

Engineers design ‘living materials’

Hybrid materials combine bacterial cells with nonliving elements that can conduct electricity or emit light.

March 24, 2014Read more
Diana Chien

Research Interest

My research interests are environmental microbiology and microbial biofuels. In the field of environmental microbiology, I am particularly interested in interactions within microbial communities and with the environment, with the goals of understanding community structure and predicting and monitoring response to climate change and other environmental alterations. This may include topics such as response of microbial communities to carbon sequestration efforts or to pollution. I am also interested in microbial evolution, including potential evolutionary response to climate change. In the field of microbial biofuels, I am interested in identification and manipulation of species with potential for production of hydrogen or hydrocarbon fuels.

Academic Background

PRINCETON UNIVERSITY, Princeton, NJ, Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, June 2010

dchien@mit.edu