About NIA



Office: Division of Neuroscience (DN)
Phone: 301-496-9350


Dr. Chen joined the Division of Neuroscience in 2007 as a Program Director for the Sensory/Motor Disorders of Aging portfolio, 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. She received a master's degree of Medical Sciences from Harvard Medical School as part of the Harvard-Markey Medical Scientist Fellowship Program and completed her doctorate in Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology at Harvard University. 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, 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.



Vision: mechanisms underlying aging of the eye and the central visual system, early diagnosis and/or prevention of age-related visual disorders and related brain disorders

Audition: mechanisms underlying aging of the peripheral and central auditory pathways, early diagnosis and/or prevention of age-related hearing loss and related brain disorders

Chemical Senses: mechanisms underlying aging of the peripheral and central olfactory and gustatory pathways, the interactions between olfaction and taste with age-related neurodegenerative diseases and disorders

Somatosensation: mechanisms underlying aging of the somatosensory system, genetic and neural mechanisms of pain in aging, neural-based assessment and therapeutics of pain in aging

Vestibular System: mechanisms underlying aging of the vestibular system, the associated impact of vestibular system on balance in the aged

Multisensory Systems: mechanisms and interactions of multisensory systems in aging and their impact of related sensory or other brain functions, multisensory-based assessment and interventions to improve brain functions and behaviors in the aged

Motor Performance: interactions between aging and Parkinson’s disease, aging of gross and fine motor functions, motor planning and motor skill learning

Sensorimotor Integration: mechanisms underlying age-related changes in the interaction between sensory and motor systems and the impact of these changes on related behaviors and functions in the aged, interventional approaches to improve sensorimotor integration in the aged