Jing Chen, PhD


Titles and Roles

Professor and R. Randall Rollins Chair in Oncology, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology
Emory University School of Medicine
Interim Leader, Cancer Cell Biology Research Program
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
Director, Division of Basic & Translational Science, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology
Emory University School of Medicine
Associate Director of Research, Division of Hematology, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology
Emory University School of Medicine
Research Program
Cancer Cell Biology


Jing Chen, PhD, is Professor and R. Randall Rollins Chair in Oncology, and serves as Director of the Division of Basic & Translational Science in the Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Chen also serves as Interim Leader of the Cancer Cell Biology research program at Winship Cancer Institute.


Dr. Chen obtained his PhD in Biochemistry and Cell Biology at Emory University, and was trained as an HHMI Postdoctoral Fellow in Dr. Gary Gilliland's laboratory at Harvard Medical School before joining Winship Cancer Institute as an Assistant Professor in 2004.


Dr. Chen is interested in the metabolic reprogramming and rewiring in cancer cells and the mechanism-based understanding of the pathogenic links between diet and cancer.

Dr. Chen's team is interested in elucidating the mechanistic basis of diet-fueled "metabolic rewiring" that is specifically required by oncogenic mutations for tumor growth, and the underlying mechanisms by which diet-derived nutrients and metabolic abnormalities associated with metabolic disorders/diseases influence cancer initiation, progression, and responses to therapies. These studies will provide mechanistic insights that inform not only reliable diet advice for lower cancer risk, but also development of novel anti-metabolism targeted therapies for cancer treatment.


Dr. Chen has extensive publications in major peer-reviewed journals such as Cancer Cell, Molecular Cell, Cell Metabolism, Nature Cell Biology, Nature Chemistry, Nature Communications, Science Signaling, Journal of Clinical Investigation, PNAS and Blood. He also serves as a reviewer in many study sections of NIH/NCI, Department of Defense, and American Cancer Society.

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Dr. Chen has earned numerous prestigious awards including American Cancer Society Basic Research Scholar Award, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Scholar Award and Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Cancer Scholar Award. His research is funded by NIH, American Cancer Society, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and other notable foundations. In 2014, he was named a Winship 5K Scholar. He is also the recipient of the 2016 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences at Laney Graduate School of Emory University, and of the 2016-2017 Winship Research Mentorship Award.

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