As an emerging yet interdisciplinary field, bioimaging is revolutionizing biological and medical research. Trained as a general chemist, Dr. Chen has been approaching this field from a molecular aspect. Our lab endeavors to develop novel small-molecular, macro-molecular, and bio-molecular imaging probes by integrating the essence of chemical synthesis, spectroscopy, polymer chemistry, and chemical biology. The molecular probes would be applied as cutting-edge technologies to various fields including biophysics, cell biology, physiology, and finally inspire drug discovery. Our research philosophy features: 1. based on chemical principles, we customize tailored molecules as enabling solutions; 2. we leverage the platforms of CLS and IMM as unique opportunities to bring modern molecular tools to the frontiers of biological sciences and molecular medicine. We believe our training in chemistry and biotechnology, our cross-disciplinary experience, and our problem-solving mindset would broaden the career path of trainees.
Please refer to selected projects to see our prior accomplishments.