Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan
Professor Chen, Chien-Jen received his Sc.D. in epidemiology and human genetics from the Johns Hopkins University. He then worked as an associate professor and professor of National Taiwan University. He was jointly appointed as a research fellow of Academia Sinica. He was appointed as the director of Graduate Institute of Public Health, founding director of Graduate Institute of Epidemiology, and dean of College of Public Health in National Taiwan University. He became a distinguished research fellow of Genomics Research Center of Academia Sinica, and was appointed as a vice president of the academy. He was appointed as the Minister of Department of Health and Minister of National Science Council. He was elected as the 14th Vice President of the Republic of China (Taiwan). He is now an academician and distinguished research fellow of Genomics Research Center, Academia Sinica.
Professor Chen has dedicated himself to molecular and genomic epidemiological research on chronic arsenic poisoning and virus-induced cancers over 40 years. His discoveries of multiple health hazards of arsenic in drinking water has led to the global awareness and mitigation of the largest environmental calamity, and his research on end-stage liver disease risk prediction of chronic hepatitis B has pioneered the viral load paradigm in its clinical management. He has published over 760 scientific articles and over 75 books/chapters, which have been cited for over 106,000 times with an H-index of 150 (Google Scholar).
Professor Chen was elected as an academician of Academia Sinica, a member of World Academy of Sciences, an honorary member of Mongolian Academy of Sciences, an international member of US National Academy of Sciences, and an academician of Pontifical Academy of Sciences. He has received many awards and honors including Presidential Science Prize and Order of Dr. Sun Yat-sen with Grand Cordon in Taiwan, Cutter Lectureship on Preventive Medicine of Harvard University and Knowledge for the World Award of Johns Hopkins University in the USA, Officier of the Ordre des Palmes Académiques in France, Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre and Pontifical Equestrian Order of St. Gregory the Great in Vatican.