Department of Medicine
Jing Chen is a renowned researcher in the area of cancer metabolism. He is interested in elucidating the signaling interplay between metabolic and cell signaling networks for a better understanding of cancer metabolism and improved clinical outcomes. In particular, his research aims to determine both metabolic and signaling functions of intracellular metabolites and circulating blood chemicals that influence tumorigenesis and tumor progression, and responses to anticancer therapies. He also works to decipher mechanistic bases underlying the pathogenic links between diets and particular oncogenic mutations by exploring the pro- and antitumor effects of diet-derived substances on tumors with specific genetic backgrounds.
He has received numerous awards, and his discoveries have been published in Cancer Cell, Molecular Cell, Cell Metabolism, Nature Cell Biology, and Cancer Discovery.
Chen received a PhD in biochemistry from Emory University and completed postdoctoral research at Harvard Medical School. Prior to joining the University of Chicago as the inaugural director of the Cancer Metabolomics Research Center, he was a professor and R. Randall Rollins Chair in Oncology at the Emory University School of Medicine, and leader of the Cell and Molecular Biology Research Program at the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University.