Dr. Chen obtained his Ph.D. Degree from Institute of Neuroscience, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2005. He was a research associate in the Department of Psychology at Vanderbilt University from 2005 to 2011. In March 2011, Dr. Chen joined Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Science as a faulty member. Dr. Chen joined Zhejiang University Qiushi Academy of Advanced Science March 2014 as a Professor and Zhejiang Institute Interdisciplinary Institute of Neuroscience and Technology as the Principle Investigator. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor at Zhejiang University Second Affiliated Hospital and an Adjunct Instructor at Vanderbilt University, as well as a member of Key Laboratory of Biomedical Engineering of Ministry of Education and Zhejiang Provincial Key Laboratory of Cardio-Cerebral Vascular Detection Technology and Medicinal Effectiveness Appraisal.
Dr. Chen’s research is focused on vision and, more specifically, the cortical mechanism of vision which involves studying how the visual system interprets visual information and produces the perception of vision. He employs various recording and imaging techniques to monitor and understand the function of the visual cortex across multiple scales, ranging from individual neurons to global inter-cortical neural networks. This includes high-density electrode array recording, multiple-modality optical imaging, and ultra-high field magnetic resonance imaging. Dr. Chen is also working on developing future generations of prosthetic neural implants for blind subjects to restore vision. He is a member of several scientific and professional societies, including International Society for Optics and Photonics, Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Society for Neuroscience, Vision Science Society.