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Kai Chen

Kai Chen Kai Chen
Assistant Professor
Molecular Imaging Center
Department of Radiology
Keck School of Medicine
University of Southern California
Tel: (323) 442-3582
Fax: (323) 442-3253

Dr. Kai Chen is an Assistant Professor of Radiology at the University of Southern California (USC), and a member of the Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center at USC. He currently leads the molecular imaging laboratory of the USC Molecular Imaging Center (MIC) where he is developing novel molecular imaging probes (small molecules, peptides, peptidomimetics, proteins, antibodies, and nanoparticles) for PET, MRI, optical imaging, as well as multimodality imaging. Dr. Chen’s research is mainly focused on the molecular targets that are related to oncology and disorders of the central nervous system.

Dr. Chen received his Ph.D. in 2001 from Nankai University, China. He then moved to the United States where he performed his postdoctoral research at Harvard Medical School. In 2005, Dr. Chen joined Siemens Healthcare USA, Inc. as a research scientist, where he helped build Siemens Molecular Imaging Biomarker Research Center. Dr. Chen led several projects from preclinical discovery to clinical investigation, and was promoted to Group Leader in 2006 and Project Manager in 2008. In the summer of 2009, Dr. Chen moved to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) where he was part of the Intramural Research Program team of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB). In 2010, Dr. Chen joined the University of Southern California as a faculty member.

Dr. Chen has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles, and he is a co-inventor of 14 International and US patents. He has served as a reviewer for a number of funding agencies. Dr. Chen has also served as an active reviewer for over 35 research journals. Moreover, he sits on the Editorial Board of eight peer-reviewed international journals. Dr. Chen has been an active member of several professional societies including the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) and the American Chemical Society (ACS).

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Molecular Imaging, Oncology, Radiology, Nanomedicine, Bioinformatics

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