Faculty & Staff
Dr. Yi Charlie Chen, professor of biology, has taught at Alderson-Broaddus College since 2000. He received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from Zhejiang University in China. He then received his second Master of Science degree and a Doctoral degree from Washington State University. Prior to coming to A-B, Dr. Chen worked as postdoctoral fellow at USDA and Oklahoma State University.
Dr. Chen has published over 33 different papers and book chapters in a wide range of scientific journals and books. In collaboration with professors at West Virginia University, Dr. Chen is currently working on molecular biology of cancer research. His research has focused on the inhibition of anti-cancer drugs on angiogenesis: the growth of blood vessels that provide nutrients to cancer cells and are essential for tumor growth. Together with scientists in USDA and Washington State University, Dr. Chen is also working on developing DNA markers for detecting parasitism and predation. Chen is the recent recipient of a major grant from the National Institute of Health (NIH) and WV-INBRE for scientific research. In the amount of $500,000, it is the largest grant ever awarded to Alderson-Broaddus for research.
Dr. Chen is currently the featured researcher at WV-INBRE. He presented his research at the 1st Biennial National IDeA Symposium of Biomedical Research Excellence (NISBRE) held in Washington, DC, July 20 – 22, 2006. His poster, entitled: "Mechanism of Hypoxia-Inducible Factor 1a and Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor Expression Regulated by Reactive Oxygen Species,” was selected by the symposium as one of the highlighted poster presentations in the meeting. Dr. Chen has also been nominated for the West Virginia Professor of the Year Award, a statewide award that honors the best teachers in West Virginia higher education.
Outside the College, Dr. Chen serves on the steering committee of West Virginia IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (WV-INBRE) and the Science Advisory Board. He also currently serves on the Editorial Advisory Board for The Open Entomological Journal by Bentham Science Publishers.
Dr. Chen’s courses include: microbiology, genetics, evolution, research methods, parasitology, immunology, general biology, conservation biology. He has also engaged in global study in China regarding issues in sciences and cell biology.