The molecular mechanisms underlying adipose tissue dysfunction in obesity and during aging.
The molecular mechanisms by which dietary components regulate energy metabolism and prevent metabolic diseases.
The dietary regulation of aging and aging-related metabolic diseases.
Dr. Chen is a Professor and General Mills Chair in Genomics for Healthful Foods in the Department of Food Science and Nutrition at the University of Minnesota. Her research aims to understand the molecular and cellular mechanism of the development of nutrition-related chronic diseases - obesity and diabetes. Dr. Chen received her Ph.D. in Nutrition from the University of Georgia in 1998. Following her Ph.D. study, she undertook postdoctoral research in the field of adipocyte biology, obesity, and type 2 diabetes in the Diabetes Branch at National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. She started her faculty career in 2005. She has been a review panel member of NIH and Italian Ministry of Health grants. She serves as an academic editor for multiple journals including PLOS ONE, Adipocyte, and Journal of Nutritional Disorders & Therapy. She also serves as a manuscript reviewer for many high-profile journals including Nature Communications, Diabetes, Molecular Metabolism, Journal of Biological Chemistry, The FASEB Journal, The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, Journal of Lipid Research, International Journal of Obesity, Journal of Nutrition, etc.
FSCN4621 - Nutrition and Metabolism
NUTR8621 - Presentation Skills, and Orientation to the Nutrition Graduate Program
Our research aims to understand:
The molecular mechanisms underlying adipose tissue dysfunction in obesity and during aging
The molecular mechanisms by which dietary components regulate energy metabolism and prevent metabolic diseases
The dietary regulation of aging and aging-related metabolic diseases. Our research has been funded by National Institutes of Health, American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, and Allen Foundation