Christopher Chen, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor (BME, MSE)
- Primary Appointment Professor, Biomedical Engineering
- Education A.B., Biochemistry, Harvard College
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Ph.D., Medical Engineering and Medical Physics, Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology Program.
M.D., Harvard Medical School
- Additional Affiliations Founding Director, Biological Design Center (BDC)
The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University
Division of Materials Science & Engineering
Deputy Director of the NSF Engineering Research Center in Cellular Metamaterials
Co-PI of the NSF Science and Technology Center for Engineering Mechanobiology
Director, SB2 NIH/NIGMS T32 Training Program
- Areas of Interest Vascular, Cardiac, and Stem Cell Biology and Engineering; Mechanobiology; Micro- and Nanotechnology; Biomaterials; Cell Adhesion and Extracellular Matrix
- Research Areas Prof. Chen’s laboratory seeks
1) to understand how adhesive, mechanical, and biochemical interactions drive cell and tissue function
2) to use this knowledge to build biomimetic tissues as experimental models of disease and physiology
3) to direct tissue remodeling and regeneration
Prof. Chen is studying how the cooperation between adhesive, mechanical and biochemical signaling drives tissues to organize during development, adapt to physical stresses, and devolve during disease. Dr. Chen’s laboratory examines these questions through the development and application of innovative technologies to control how cells interact with their surroundings, advancing numerous technologies from microfluidics, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), nanofabrication, mechanobiology, biomaterials, and synthetic and stem cell biology. Dr. Chen’s research applies insights from these efforts to the biology and engineering of stem cells, tissue vascularization, cardiac tissue, and cancer.
At this interface between technology, cell biology, and medicine, Chen and his lab’s mission is to provide new tools for biomedicine, to gain new insights into the control of cell and tissue function, to train scientific leaders that transcend traditional disciplines, and to demonstrate the boundless opportunities for impacting the future of research, medicine, and education.