Skip to content Skip to navigation

James K. Chen

James K. Chen

Professor of Chemical and Systems Biology and of Developmental Biology and, by courtesy, of Chemistry
Chemical and developmental biology


Professor, Chemical and Systems Biology
Professor, Developmental Biology
Professor (By courtesy), Chemistry
Member, Bio-X
Member, Child Health Research Institute
Member, Stanford Cancer Institute
Faculty Fellow, Stanford ChEM-H
Member, Stanford Neurosciences Institute

Other Appointments

Chair, Department of Chemical and Systems Biology, Stanford University School of Medicine (2016 - Present)
Executive Committee Member, ChEM-H Institute (2012 - Present)
Director, Advisory Committee for the Scholarly Concentrations Program in the Molecular Basis of Medicine (2012 - Present)
Faculty Director, Stanford High-Throughput Bioscience Center (2003 - Present)
Member, Medical Scientist Training Program Admissions Committee (2004 - Present)
Executive Committee Member, Stanford University School of Medicine Faculty Senate (2012 - 2016)
Alternate Member, Stanford University Administrative Panel on Laboratory Animal Care (2012 - 2014)
Departmental Representative, Stanford Biosciences Committee on Graduate Admissions and Policy (2012 - 2014)

Honors & Awards

NSF INSPIRE Award, NSF (2013-2017)
Innovation Award, Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (2013-2015)
Nature SciCafe Award for Outstanding Research Achievement, Nature Biotechnology and Nature Medicine (2009)
NIH Director's Pioneer Award, NIH (2008-2013)
American Cancer Society Research Scholar Award, American Cancer Society (2008-2011)
Brain Tumor Society Award, Brain Tumor Society/Rachel Molly Markoff Foundation (2006-2008)
Astellas USA Foundation Award, Astella USA Foundation (2005-2006)
Terman Fellow, Stanford University (2005-2008)
Basil O'Connor Starter Scholar Research Award, March of Dimes (2005-2007)
Kimmel Scholar Award, Sidney Kimmel Foundation for Cancer Research (2004-2006)

Professional Education

A.B., Harvard College, Chemistry (1991)
Ph.D., Harvard University, Chemistry and Chemical Biology (1999)
Postdoctoral Fellow, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Molecular Biology and Genetics (2003)