Chen is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Biological Engineering at MIT, where he works with Professor Peter Dedon. Chen’s research focuses on chemical modifications to nucleic acids and amino acids. These modifications play diverse roles in cellular and molecular processes such as epigenetics, modulation of translation, and functional regulation of proteins. During the course of his research, Chen has developed and applied a new analytical method to quantify nucleic acid modifications and discovered a mechanism of regulation for a novel human gene involved in tumor suppression, a biological process that inhibits the transformation of normal cells to cancerous ones. Chen has been highly involved in mentorship. He has served as a teaching assistant in a core undergraduate course and also supervised three undergraduate students working on independent research projects in the lab through MIT’s Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program. Chen also cares deeply about science outreach. Through MIT’s Center for Environmental Health Sciences, he has volunteered at multiple occasions such as the Cambridge Science Festival and the AAAS Annual Meeting to help promote science to the general public. Chen was a long-time student board member of MIT Edgerton House, a dorm for 200 graduate students, where for 2 years he helped build the community first as treasurer and then as president. Chen received his B.A. in Chemistry with emphasis in Biochemistry from Macalester College in 2011, where he conducted research in plant biology and biochemistry.