Associate Professor, Department of Cancer Biology & Pharmacology
University of Illinois College of Medicine, USA
Shao-yu Chen, Ph.D., is a tenured associate professor at the Department of Cancer Biology and Pharmacology in the University of Illinois College of Medicine. He has conducted alcohol-related birth defects research for 20 years. In his laboratory, a combination of state-of-the-art approaches, including quantitative real-time PCR, RNA interference, microRNA technology and ultrasound-guide in utero microinjection are integrated with cell and whole embryo culture systems, as well as in vivo mouse models of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) to elucidate the molecular mechanisms underlying FASD.
His research interests include molecular mechanisms underlying ethanol-induced apoptosis and birth defects.