M.S., Bone Biochemistry, Hamamatsu University, Japa
Ph.D., Bone Biochemistry, Hamamatsu University, Japan
M.D., China Medical University
Dr. Chen has been a researcher at ACNC since 2005, where his interests revolve around bone health and skeletal development in early life. When he is not at work, he enjoys running and fishing.
Our research program is centered on the investigation of how nutrition impacts skeletal development, growth, and function. The lab evaluates the effects of postnatal and early-life diets on short-term and long-term bone outcomes, both at the molecular level and in whole tissue. Early exposure to phytonutrients (e.g., from blueberries or soy), or to breastfeeding vs. formula feeding, are considered in both animal models and in human cohorts. Other interests include examining mechanisms by which obesity and high-fat diets (in both mothers and offspring) can lead to poor bone health. Our research goal is to determine if early-life dietary manipulations/intervention will boost bone health during the critical bone-forming years, and to aid in obtaining optimal peak bone mass leading to the prevention of degenerative bone disorders later in life.