Chen Lu

Center for Eye Disease and Development

Vision Science Graduate Program and School of Optometry

University of California at Berkeley

Email: chenlu@berkeley.edu

Tel: 510.642.5076

Website:https://vision.berkeley.edu/people/lu-chen-md-phd 


Professional Biography

Dr. Chen graduated from Shandong Medical University (six-year program; instruction in English) and performed her ophthalmology residency training at Shandong Eye Institute & Hospital, Shandong Academy of Medical Sciences. She received her Ph.D. in Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences from University of Louisville, Kentucky; Kentucky Lions Eye Center. This was followed by a postdoctoral training at Schepens Eye Research Institute, Department of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School where she became a junior faculty in 2004. Dr. Chen was recruited to University of California at Berkeley in 2007 as an Assistant Professor and Morton D. Sarver Endowed Chair where she became a full Professor with tenure in 2015. Dr. Chen’s research has been well supported by federal and private agencies and results from her work have been published in high impact journals in basic and ophthalmic research fields. Dr. Chen is a recipient of many awards, such as the Best Paper Award at Schepens Eye Research Institute, Harvard Medical School; Harvard Scholars in Medicine; Hellman Faculty Award; National Research Service Award; Presidential Award, International Society of Lymphology; and Translational Research Award, Department of Defense. Dr. Chen is an invited speaker at many national and international conferences and she has served as a scientific reviewer for multiple grant review study sections of National Institute of Health and around 40 scholarly journals. 


Faculty Academic Appointments

2004-2007       Investigator,Schepens Eye Research Institute, Harvard Medical School, Boston

2004-2007       Instructor, Department of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School, Boston

2008-2016       Adjunct Scientist, Schepens Eye Research Institute, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School, Boston

2007-2013       Assistant Professor, Center for Eye Disease and Development, Vision Science Graduate Program and School of Optometry, University of California, Berkeley

2013-2015       Associate Professor, Center for Eye Disease and Development, Vision Science Graduate Program and School of Optometry, University of California, Berkeley

2015-present   Professor, Center for Eye Disease and Development, Vision Science Graduate Program and School of Optometry, University of California, Berkeley

2007-present   Adjunct Faculty, The Francis I. Proctor Foundation for Research in Ophthalmology, University of California, San Francisco


Research Interests

Dr. Chen’s research mainly focuses on mechanisms and regulation of lymphatic and blood vessel formation and therapeutic implications in human diseases. Compared to blood vessels that have been studied extensively in the past, lymphatic research denotes a field of new discovery in recent years. The lymphatic network penetrates most tissues in the body, and its dysfunctions are associated with a broad spectrum of disorders, which include but are not limited to transplant rejection, glaucoma, cancer metastasis, diabetes, obesity, lymphedema, and inflammatory, infectious and immune diseases. The eye offers an ideal site for lymphatic and vascular research due to its unique features. Using a variety of preclinical disease models and experimental approaches, we aim to develop new and radical strategies for the diagnosis and treatment of the lymphatic and vascular diseases that occur both inside and outside the eye.

Relevant areas of interests: vascular biology, ophthalmology and visual sciences, immunology, neuroscience, molecular and cell biology, biomedical imaging, bioengineering, preclinical disease models, translational research, precision medicine