Dong Feng Chen, M.D., Ph.D.

Research Summary

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Research Summary

Dr. Chen researches the molecular mechanisms regulating the stem cell niche and axon regenerationin the adult central nervous system (CNS). Her goal is to apply this knowledge to the development of novel regenerative approaches to treat neural damage and diseases of the eye and brain. Her laboratory was the first to identify novel pathways that control optic nerve regeneration and neural stem cell growth in the adult brain and retina, which suggests that it may be possible to reactivate dormant regenerative potential as a therapy for neurodegenerative disorders in the CNS.