Dr. James Chen: Unexpected Tasks
Dr. Zhijian “James” Chen’s work has revealed unexpected cellular functions that contribute to normal and cancerous cell growth and to immune response.

A protein called “the kiss of death” because it marks other proteins for destruction also turns out to be involved in normal cell growth and in abnormal cancerous growth. Cell structures that produce energy also contribute to immune response. The research of Zhijian “James” Chen, PhD, turns up surprising new roles for biochemical pathways and could provide a basis for new medical treatments.