Dr. Chen's current research focuses on Parkinson's disease, which affects over 1 million older adults in the U.S. He works on several large prospective cohorts to ascertain the environmental and genetic causes of Parkinson's disease and to characterize high risk population through research on non-motor symptoms and biomarkers. The ultimate goal is disease prevention and more effective clinical management.
Dr. Chen's primary research interests include:
Chen earned his M.D. from TianJin Medical University in TianJin, China, and Master's degree from the Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine in BeiJing, China. In 2001, he earned his Ph.D. in Nutritional Epidemiology from Tufts University in Boston, MA and then worked as a Research Fellow and Instructor at the Harvard School of Public Health. He joined the NIEHS Epidemiology Branch as a Tenure-Track Investigator in 2005.