Xiqun Chen, MD, PhD, is an assistant professor of neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Chen received her MD and PhD degrees and residency training from Shanghai Medical College, Fudan University. She then completed her postdoctoral fellowship at Columbia University. Dr. Chen joined Massachusetts General Hospital in 2009 and later established her research program focusing on Parkinson’s-cancer associations as a basis for better understanding Parkinson’s disease through multiple disciplinary collaborations.
Her lab investigates common genetic and environmental factors connecting Parkinson’s disease and cancer, as well as related fundamental cellular processes that lead to degeneration in neurons and overgrowth in dividing cells. Her group identified a link between the melanoma-related red hair gene and Parkinson’s disease. With her team, Dr. Chen is seeking to translate her research findings to clinical therapies, reflecting her continuing commitment to improving care for patients with Parkinson’s disease.