Chen Brings Developmental Biology Perspectives To New College RolePosted Aug. 2, 2012
Associate Professor Dr. Yijing Chen has been at Kent State for six years, studying embryonic development and stem cell biology in the Department of Biological Sciences. This fall, she will become a full-time environmental health sciences faculty member of the College of Public Health, teaching undergraduate courses in prevention and disaster preparedness, chiefly at Kent State Trumbull. She also will continue her research regarding factors regulating stem cell differentiation and their regenerative potentials, in collaboration with the Liquid Crystal Institute. By training, Chen is a molecular and developmental biologist, with expertise in the genetic control of embryonic development and cellular differentiation at the molecular level. “A variety of genetic and environmental factors have impact on the well-being of an individual by altering cellular functions, so there are numerous public health implications,” Chen says. “I look forward to bridging the research interests of faculty in the bench sciences with those of my new public health colleagues to generate new ideas for collaborative projects,” she says. Chen recently completed a $228,000 study funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Smad4 in Blastocyst Morphogenesis, which investigated mechanisms underlying early mammalian embryonic development to expand understanding of congenital disease and the behavior of stem cells.