Associate Professor School of Medicine

Guoan Chen, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor in the School of Medicine, Southern University of Science and Technology. Dr. Chen received his medical degree from Xi'an Jiaotong University in Xi’an, China in 1986 and finished his M.S. program in Pulmonary Medicine in Xi’an Jiaotong University in 1992. He received his Ph.D. in oncology from Peking Union Medical College in 1999. In 2000, he joined Professor David G. Beer’s Tumor Biology Laboratory as a Research Fellow and completed his post-doctoral training in tumor molecular biology at the University of Michigan and was promoted to the faculty as Research Investigator at the University of Michigan Medical School in 2004. He was promoted to Research Assistant Professor in 2010, and Associate Research Scientist in 2017. Dr. Chen’s research interests are focused within the fields of genomics, proteomics, and bioinformatics in lung cancer. He utilizes the state of the art molecular technologies and approaches, including gene expression microarray, SNP array, miRNA array and RNA deep sequencing, etc. to identify molecular changes for patient survival, the early diagnosis and the molecular mechanism in lung cancer progression. He currently worked on micro-RNAs, long non-coding RNAs, and circRNAs for lung cancer diagnosis and prognosis, as well as the functional, mechanistic and therapeutic application of these molecules in lung cancer.

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Molecular biology of lung cancer

Functional genomics

Non-coding RNA

The mechanisms of tumor metastasis and drug resistance


2/2019 – present courses, Integrated Biomedical Experiments for Biomedical Science undergraduate student, Southern University of Science and Technology

2/2019 – present courses, Physiology and Pathophysiology for Biomedical Science undergraduate student, Southern University of Science and Technology

2010 - 2018 Mentor for 2-4 visiting scholars/research fellows/each year in the lab for daily research work.

1993 – 1994 courses, Internal Medicine (180 hours) and Diagnostics (162 hours) for150 medical students, Xi’an, China.

1986 – 1996 Mentoring of M4 students, residents, postdoctoral research fellows in performing clinical and research work.

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He has published over 80 SCI research articles, such as Nature Medicine, Nature Biotechnology, Cancer Cell, JNCI,J Clinical Investigation, Nature Communications, Cancer Research, Clinical Cancer Research, J Thoracic Oncology,Genome Research, Developmental Cell, PNAS, and has been cited more than 8800 times with h-index 41 (Google Scholar).

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