Our Scientists

We support individual scientists in the field and enable them to pursue their passions. We are focused on creating a thriving community of Chen Fellows.
 

Ralph Adolphs

Ralph Adolphs

Director of the Caltech Brain Imaging Center

"We’re investigating brain structure and function from mice to humans and tackling the most challenging questions:  How do the different brain regions interact as networks?  How are perceptions and decisions formed in these networks? And perhaps the hardest question of all: how does a pattern of activity in a person's brain become a conscious experience of the world?"

Research areas: Cognitive Neuroscience; Neuropsychology; Neuroscience of Emotion; Social Neuroscience

Richard Andersen

Richard Andersen

Director of the T&C Chen Brain-Machine Interface Center

"It takes my breath away every time I see the subject sitting there in his or her wheelchair being able to, just through their thoughts, control robotic limbs or play a virtual piano or type on a virtual keyboard."

Research Areas: Neural mechanisms; Neural prosthetics; Brain repair

David Anderson

David Anderson

Director of the Tianqiao and Chrissy Chen Institute for Neuroscience at Caltech

"The motivation for inquiry into the brain is twofold. One is to satisfy our innate curiosity about how this complex machine works. The other is to try to gain understanding that will help improve human health and welfare in general."

Research Areas: Computation and Neural Systems; Developmental Biology and Genetics

Colin Camerer

Colin Camerer

Director of the T&C Chen Center for Social and Decision Neuroscience

"We are interested in what’s going on in the brain when people are making decisions and attack problems such as limited willpower and self-control, particularly in decisions about food, drug addiction, and procrastination."

Research Areas: Behavioral and Social Neuroscience; Business, Economics and Management; Experimental Social Science

Viviana Gradinaru

Viviana Gradinaru

Director of the T&C Chen Center for Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience

"The Chen Institute at Caltech is instrumental in allowing us to understand the brain in all of its complexity, because there is an understanding that the brain is not about the molecules alone, or the cells alone, or behavior alone, but rather it is the interaction across all levels."

Research Areas: Biological Engineering; Computation and Neural Systems; Neuroscience; Systems Biology

Doris Tsao

Doris Tsao

Director of the T&C Chen Center for Systems Neuroscience

"Will we ever be able to understand the brain completely, at the level that we now understand the basic laws of physics? That is what the T&C Chen Center for Systems Neuroscience seeks to find out."

Research Areas: Biological Engineering; Computation and Neural Systems; Systems Biology

Professor Zhou Liangfu

Professor Zhou Liangfu

Vice Chairman of TCCI Shanghai, Academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering, Director of Neurosurgery Department of Huashan Hospital

Professor Zhou is a leading Chinese neurosurgery doctor. He graduated from Shanghai Medical University in 1965, and has worked in the field of neurosurgery for over 50 years. He is also the honorary president of the Chinese Neurosurgical Society, member of international liaison & advisory panel for Neurosurgery (USA), World Neurosurgery, Neurosurgical Review (Europe), Neurologia Medico-Chirurgica (Japan). Professor Zhou won the Chinese National Science & Technological Progress Reward three times, and more than 20 other important rewards. His fields of interest include vascular neurosurgery, skull-based surgery, minimally invasive neurosurgery and brain tumors.

Research Areas: Vascular Neurosurgery, Skull-base Surgery, Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery, Brain Tumors 

Professor Mao Ying

Professor Mao Ying

Director of TCCI Shanghai, Vice President of Huashan Hospital, President of West Huashan Hospital

“When I discovered that we, as neurosurgeons, have the privilege of touching the brain, I realized that it is our responsibility to engage in brain science research and to study the benefits of treating, restoring and reshaping the brain.”

Professor Ying Mao is Vice President at Huashan Hospital, Fudan University. Concurrently, he is President of the Chinese Neurosurgical Society, President of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons of Shanghai Medical Doctor Association, etc. Professor Mao received his Medical Doctor’s Degree at Shanghai Medical University and was a postdoctoral researcher at the Crosby Neurosurgical Laboratories, University of Michigan. In 2017, he was conferred the “Shanghai Medical Excellence Contribution Award.”

Research Areas: Cerebrovascular Disease, Minimally Invasive Brain Tumor Microsurgery for brain tumors, Functional Neurosurgery