Chen Family Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics
MD, School of Medicine, University of Bern, 01/1996
PhD, School of Medicine, University of Bern, 01/2000
Clinical Fellowship, Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology, University Hospital Bern, 01/2005
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Salk Institute for Biological Studies, 02/2011
My fascination with the liver first began during my medical training, influenced by interdisciplinary hepatology research going on at University of Bern. After completing my medical education,
I pursued a PhD in molecular biology and biochemistry working on Wilson's Disease and moved to the US as a postdoc in cancer biology and gene therapy after completing my PhD and internal medicine fellowship. During my education, I have kept the vision of doing interdisciplinary research to improve human health in mind. It is something I have carried over through my time at the Salk Institute and Baylor College of Medicine, where I started my own lab. I am excited to continue pursuing that vision at Duke University and expand therapeutic alternatives to children with inborn error of metabolism.
Outside the lab, I am interested in exploring other countries and cultures, kite surfing and snowboarding or just having a good time with my family and friends
B.S. and M.S. in Biology, Autonomous University of BarcelonaPh.D.
Ph.D. in Molecular Biology, University of Barcelona
Postdoctoral Associate, Stem Cell And Regenerative Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, 2011 - 2018
In 2011, I joined Dr. Karl-Dimiter Bissig’s laboratory at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston (Texas) where I developed a novel human chimeric mouse model to study human drug metabolism. My current research at Duke is focused on treating metabolic disorders using innovative therapies such as CRISPR/Cas9 engineering tools and AAV delivery methods. I am also evaluating the safeness and long-term effects of these treatments.
In my free time, I enjoy practicing yoga, dancing Cuban salsa and walking around the beautiful forests of North Carolina.