Principal Investigator
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Dr. Jun Chen is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of California, Los Angeles. He obtained his Ph.D. from Georgia Tech in 2016 under the supervision of Prof. Zhong Lin Wang. From 2016 to 2019, he was a postdoctoral research fellow with Prof. Yi Cui at Stanford University. His current research focuses on nanotechnology and bioelectronics for energy, sensing, and therapeutic applications in the form of smart textiles, wearables, and body area networks. His current h-index is 76 on Google Scholar.


He published 2 books, 160 journal articles, and 110 of them are as first/corresponding authors in Chemical Reviews, Nature Electronics, Nature Energy, Nature Sustainability, Nature Communications, Joule, Matter, and many others. He also filed 14 US patents and licensed 1. His research works were highlighted by Nature and Science 6 times and covered by worldwide mainstream media over 1,000 times in total, including NBC, CNN, NPR, ABC, The Wall Street Journal, Scientific American, and Science Daily. 

Honors & Awards 

2021          IAAM Scientist Medal  

2021          30 Life Sciences Leaders To Watch by Informa 

2021          JMCA Emerging Investigators Award   

2021          ChemComm Emerging Investigators Award

2020          Highly Cited Researchers in the Web of Science   

2020          Okawa Foundation Research Award (6 in U.S.)   

2020          ACS Nano Rising Stars Lectureship Award

2020          The World’s Top 2% Scientists by Stanford University 

2020          ALTMETRIC TOP 100 (out of 3.4 million works in 2020 across 20 disciplines)   

2020          Nanoscale Emerging Investigators Award  

2020          Top 10 Science Stories of 2020 by Ontario Science Centre 

2020          Frontiers in Chemistry, Rising Stars  

2020          MINE2020 Young Scientist Excellence Award 

2019          The World’s Most Influential Researchers by the Web of Science           

2016          Excellent Undergraduate Mentor Award

2015          National Award for Outstanding Students Abroad  

2015          Materials Research Society Graduate Student Award    

2003          National Scholarship of China                               

Journal Recognition

2019          Associate Editor, Biosensors and Bioelectronics 

2020          Rising Star Editorial Board Members, ACS Nano 

2020          Academic Editor, The Innovation (Cell Press)

2019          Editorial Board Members, Nano-Micro Letters 

2019          Editorial Board Members, Frontiers in Chemistry 

2019          Editorial Board Members, Frontiers in Pharmacology  

2020          Editorial Board Members, Advanced Fiber Materials 

2020          Editorial Board Members, Textiles

2020          Editorial Board Members, Biosensors 

2020          Editorial Board Members, Smart Materials in Medicine

2020          Editorial Board Members, SmartMat