Welcome to the Chen Lab!
The brain dictates our interaction with the external world and defines our internal mindscape. Thus, disruption of this delicate organ leads to immense individual and societal costs.
The primary focus of our translational research is to develop novel methods for restoring the function of the brain after it has been damaged by combining aspects of stem cell biology, neural tissue engineering, and neural interface technologies. In addition, we are interested in new techniques for preserving brain function during neurosurgical procedures. The goal of these research endeavors is to improve the outcomes of patients suffering from a variety of brain disorders and diseases.
Cell Stem Cell Publication!
We are excited to announce our recently published article titled “Transplantation of Human Brain Organoids: Revisiting the Science and Ethics of Brain Chimeras.” Check it out along with related press at the following links: (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.stem.2019.09.002) ; (https://gizmodo.com/rodents-with-part-human-brains-pose-a-new-challenge-for-1838741492) ; (https://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/mini-brains-animals-ethics-organoids-isaac-chen/)
Journal of iScience
"Bundled Three-Dimensional Human Axon Tracts Derived from Brain Organoids" is an article we published with Dr. Kacy Cullen's lab, one of our main collaborators. Check it out! - https://doi.org/10.1016/j.isci.2019.10.004