Dr. Chen’s primary interests are retinal vascular biology and pathologic vascular eye diseases, including retinopathy of prematurity, age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and rare orphan eye diseases: familiar exudative vitreoretinopathy (FEVR) and Norrie disease. Her lab studies animal models of these diseases to investigate disease pathogenesis and develop potential therapeutics. She has published numerous papers and lectured nationally and internationally on vascular eye disorders and angiogenesis research. Her current research projects include:

  1. Wnt signaling in controlling vascular growth and permeability in retinopathy;
  2. Lipid sensing nuclear receptor mediated ocular neovascularization and inflammation;
  3. MicroRNA regulation of pathologic vascular growth in eye diseases.


Dr. Jing Chen received her PhD from Boston University and completed her postdoctoral fellowship training in Ophthalmology at Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) / Harvard Medical School. Since then Dr. Chen was recruited as a faculty member in Ophthalmology Department at BCH and Harvard Medical School, and is also an associate at the BCH Manton Center for Orphan Disease Research.