Dr. Chen joined the Division of Neuroscience in 2007 as a Program Director for the Sensory/Motor Disorders of Aging porfolio, with a special interest in research related to pain, Parkinson's disease, and the associations of age-related sensory and motor changes with age-related neurodegenerative diseases. Dr. Chen graduated from the College of New Rochelle with a bachelor's degree in Chemistry and Biology in 1996. She received a master's degree of Medical Sciences from Harvard Medical School as part of the Harvard-Markey Medical Scientist Fellowship Program in 1998 and completed her doctorate in Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology at Harvard University in 2003. Her Ph.D. research, under the tutelage of Dr. Michael E. Greenberg, focused on the examination of epigenetic mechanisms involved in the regulation of neural activity-dependent gene expression in the central nervous system. After brief postdoctoral training in proteomics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2004, Dr. Chen served as a Scientific Editor at Neuron/Cell Press with a special emphasis on systems neuroscience. Prior to coming to NIA, she worked in the Office of Cross-cutting Science and Scientific Technology at the National Institute of Mental Health.
epigenetic mechanisms involved in the regulation of neural activity-dependent gene expression in the central nervous system