Yan Chen, PhD

Dr. Yan Chen received her PhD from Emory University.  She then worked at the Vanderbilt Eye Institute as a postdoc fellow under the supervision of Dr. Paul Sternberg.   Currently, she is an assistant professor in the Ophthalmology and Neuroscience Departments at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.  Her main research interests lie with investigating key signaling mechanisms in retinal pigment epithelium, with the focus on the pathway mediated by mechanistic target of rapamycin (mTOR), and to identify molecular targets that can potentially be translated into interventional targets for treating chronic ocular diseases such as AMD.