ACMS Colloquium: Jake Chen, IUPUI


Location: 127 Hayes-Healy Center

Dr. Jake Chen is currently an associate professor of bioinformatics and computer science at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), the founding director of Indiana Center for Systems Biology and Personalized Medicine, and the founding director of Zhejiang Institute of Biopharmaceutical Informatics and Technologies in China. He serves on the editorial boards of several journals including BMC Systems Biology, IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics, Personalized Medicine, and Network Biology. Prior to joining Academia in 2004, he worked for six years as a bioinformatics computer scientist in the Silicon Valley and Salt Lake City to develop late-breaking DNA microarray and proteomics technologies. He holds a BS degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Peking University of China, and both MS and PhD degrees in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Minnesota at Twin Cities.

His primary research interest is in developing computational systems biology techniques and models that lead to future predictive and personalized medicine. At IUPUI, he has published more than 100 peer-reviewed research papers and filed several key patents in systems pharmacology—the application of systems biology techniques to drug discovery. In 2011, he was selected by the National Academy to serve on an Institute of Medicine committee that advises FDA on food and drug regulatory systems harmonization matters in developing countries. He was cited by HealthTechTopia as one of the “17 Informatics Experts Worth Listening To” in 2011. In 2012, he received a “Cancer Systems Biology Grand
Challenge Award” by, for successfully predicting a cancer drug’s molecular mechanisms of action among the site’s 250,000 community of scientists worldwide. In both 2013 and 2014, he was recognized as an “Indiana Technology Educator of the Year” MIRA Award finalist, for his contribution to informatics research, education, and their impact to the state of Indiana.