Dr. Xi Chen
Research Assistant of Center for Arrhythmia Research, Department of Internal Medicine
University of Michigan, USA
Xi Chen obtained the PharmD degree at the Harbin Medical University, China in 2011. Worked as a pharmacist in Department of Pharmacy, the 1st Affiliated Hospital of Harbin Medical University. Collaborated with research projects at the National-State Key Laboratory of Biomedicine. In 2011 was admitted to the PhD program of University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 2012 transferred to the PhD Program in Molecular and Integrative Physiology at University of Michigan, and conducted cardiovascular research in Center for Arrhythmia Research. Reviewed papers for Cardiovascular Research, Journal of Clinical & Experimental Cardiology, Arrhythmia: Open Access, OMICS PUBLISHING GROUP/Clinical, Journal of Cardiovascular Diseases & Diagnosis, Current Trends in Cardiology.
The long-term goal of my study is to elucidate the cellular and molecular mechanisms that lead to arrhythmia and sudden cardiac death. My current research focuses on regulation of Ca2+ in cardiomyocytes, which plays a crucial role in heart function. The role of Ryanodine Receptor, the Ca2+-gated Ca2+ channel inserted in sarcoplasmic reticulum, and its regulatory proteins, are highlighted in my study. By using a combination of electrophysiological, biochemical, optical mapping, Ca2+ imaging, and gene manipulating techniques, I would like to find out the kinetic properties of Ca2+ homeostasis in normal and diseased hearts.