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Dr. Chider Chen

Dr. Chider Chen
Assistant Professor, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Degrees
University of Southern California, PhD

How long have you been on the Penn Dental Medicine faculty?
I joined the standing faculty in November 2018.

What have you found most rewarding about being a member of the Penn Dental Medicine faculty?
Working in an academic research environment with outstanding faculty and students has allowed me to advance my research level and has provided abundant opportunities for learning to engage with highly stimulating scientific problems.

What attracted you to join the Penn Dental Medicine faculty?
The collaborative research community and the opportunities for translational research is what attracted me to Penn Dental Medicine. An excellent diversified faculty body offers the options to study novel biological mechanism more in depth. As a scientific researcher in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, working with clinical faculty and residents creates the environment to translate our bench works to bedside.

What drew your interest to your particular field and what do you enjoy most about it?
As a researcher in the biomedical field, I believe the best and useful research work is to develop the avenues for disease management in clinics. Mesenchymal stem cells as an adult stem cell have been approved to treat a variety of diseases; however, the reasons behind this stem-cell-based therapy are not fully understood. The major goal of my current studies is to investigate how small vesicles are controlled by a set of membrane traffic proteins for epigenetic cell component reuse in stem cell transplantation. I am also interested in identifying biomarkers for oral cancer detection, intraoperative tools for tumor resection, and immunotherapy for oral cancer treatment. What I enjoy most about my work is dissecting the detailed molecular mechanisms to discover novel scientific concepts in treating patients.

How are you engaged with Penn Dental Medicine students? What do you find most rewarding about that?
In my short time as a member of the Penn Dental Medicine faculty, I feel privileged to have been able to work as a team with brilliant students from the DScD, MSOB, and DMD programs, who have been able to brainstorm with me in designing experimental approaches for our research projects.

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