Professor Chen was appointed Chair of Endocrinology at The University of Queensland in 2008 after serving as head of the Endocrine Cell Biology at Prince Henry’s Institute of Medical Research 1999-2007.
After completing his training as a Medical Doctor at Shanghai Medical University in 1982, he graduated with an MSc in Physiology in Peking Union Medical College, Beijing, and completed a PhD in neuroscience at the University of Bordeaux, France in 1989. He then worked at the Glaxo Institute in the USA. He moved to Melbourne in 1992 to continue his research in Endocrine Cell Biology at the Prince Henry’s Institute before joining The University of Queensland.
His group focuses on the fundamental changes in the cell in relation to the function of organs and systems in commonly occurring diseases.