Professor of Medical Science Qian Chen studies the development and aging of joint cartilage. His research on cartilage cells and extracellular matrix proteins that support tissue architecture examines how the mutations in these proteins lead to skeleton malformation and joint degeneration. He also studies how skeletal development and aging are affected by mechanical factors. By studying these mechanisms, he hopes to develop therapies against osteoarthritis, and repair damaged cartilage.
Dr. Chen received BS in Biochemistry from Fudan University in China and PhD in Cell, Molecular, and Developmental Biology from Tufts University School of Medicine. He completed his post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. He was a tenured Associate Professor at Penn State College of Medicine before joining Brown University in 2002. Currently, Dr. Chen is Michael G. Ehrlich Endowed Chair in Orthopaedic Research and Head of Orthopedic Biology. Dr. Chen received the Independent Scientist Award from the National Institute of Health, the Satterfield Arthritis Investigator Award from the Arthitis Foundation, and the Kappa Delta Investigator Award from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He serves on multiple NIH study sections and advisory groups. His research interest includes cartilage molecular biology, mechanotransduction, and osteoarthritis.
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