Professor Zhijian Chen, member of the American Academy of Sciences, has been appointed Honorary Professor of PUMC


Zhijian James Chen, an outstanding Chinese American biochemist and Professor in the UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, at President Xuetao Cao’s invitation, visited CAMS & PUMC on January 13, 2017. President Xuetao Cao, on behalf of college, awarded the title “Honorary Professor of Peking Union Medical College” and a Certificate of Honor to Professor Chen.




Professor Chen was graduated from the Department of Biology, Fujian Normal University, in 1985. He won his doctorate degree in Biochemistry in 1991 at the State University of New York. Since 1997, Professor Chen has been working at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, where five UT Southwestern faculty members have been awarded Nobel Prizes since 1985. Professor Chen became an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in 2005, and was elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences in 2014.




He has mainly engaged in the research on innate immune signaling and has discovered the functions of ubiquitin as a signaling molecule. Also, he identified the mechanisms of mitochondrial antiviral signaling protein during the viral invasion into cells. He has achieved a number of frontier breakthroughs, and sine 1996 he has published a series of important research articles in top journals including Cell,Science, and Nature.

Professor Chen has actively been involved in academic exchanges with CAMS & PUMC in past years.

(Department of International Cooperation)