Xiqun Chen, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital
Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Xiqun Chen, MD, PhD, is an assistant professor of neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School. The overall goal of Dr. Chenís work is to develop improved therapies for Parkinsonís and related neurodegenerative disorders. After graduation with medical and PhD degrees from Shanghai Medical College, Fudan University, Dr. Chen pursued her first fellowship with Dr. A. William Tank to study gene regulation of tyrosine hydroxylase. She continued her postdoctoral training with Dr. Robert Burke at Columbia University, where she investigated signaling pathways relevant to dopaminergic neuron survival and degeneration.
Dr. Chen joined Massachusetts General Hospital as a junior faculty member in 2009. Her initial work there with Dr. Michael Schwarzschild focused on purinergic treatment in Parkinsonís disease. Dr. Chenís current effort aims to understand biological basis for the link between Parkinsonís disease and cancer, particularly melanoma. Her work also involves drug discovery for neurodegenerative diseases.