Hi! I’m Long Chen from Xiangfan, Hubei Province, China. I received my Bachelor’s degree in chemistry in University of Science and Technology of China. During my undergraduate studies I worked on bioinorganic chemistry, especially the mechanism of platinum drugs with Sp1 znic finger protein. I am interested in the cancer research and want to get a deep insight of the mechanism of cancer so I chose the Department of Biochemistry at Purdue University to pursue graduate study and research.
I entered the Department of Biochemistry Ph.D. program in 2011 and I am now a member of Dr. Xiaoqi Liu’s lab. The lab focus is on the polo-like kinase 1 and its interacting proteins, their roles in cell proliferation and carcinogensis. Polo-like kinase 1 plays a key role in many cell-cycle events. By studying roles or perturbation of polo-like kinase 1 and its interacting proteins in cell, we may get a better understanding of the mechanism of cancer which would cast light on cancer therapeutics.
In my spare time, I enjoy sports, especially swimming and tennis.