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Jeannie Chen, Ph.D.
Career Summary: Dr. Chen is Associate Professor of Biochemistry in the Zilkha Neurogenic Institute of USC Keck School of Medicine.
She received her Ph.D. in biochemistry from USC in 1990.
From 1991-1995 she undertook a postdoctoral research fellowship at California Institute of Technology (Pasadena), after which she joined the USC staff.
multidisciplinary research efforts span the areas of signal transduction, vision, membranes and transport, and developmental biology.
Year STOP CANCER Award was received: 1997 Seed Grant
Description of research performed: Dr. Chen's
lab is investigating the molecular mechanism of protein signaling in the photoreceptor cells of the retina of the eye, using mouse models.
Results of research: Dr. Chen's
team has been able to create models of retinal degeneration in mice, enabling study of the disease process at the molecular level.
believes this research can form the basis for designing new treatments for diseases of the eye.