Jianjun Chen, PhD, joined City of Hope in October 2017, and then became chair of the Department of Systems Biology in August 2020.  He also is the deputy director of the Center for RNA Biology and Therapeutics. 

The ultimate goal of Dr. Chen’s laboratory is to translate its discoveries into the development of effective novel therapeutic strategies to treat cancers, especially acute leukemia.

Dr. Chen received his PhD from the Shanghai Institute of Biochemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai, China, and then conducted postdoc training with Janet D. Rowley, MD, at University of Chicago.  Dr. Chen is a scholar of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (2017) and Researcher of the Year, The Pamela B. Katten Memorial Leukemia Research Foundation Award (2014).