Ching-Shih Chen, PhD

Ching-Shih Chen


College of Pharmacy


Medicinal Chemistry & Pharmacognosy

Academic Title


Research Program

Molecular Carcinogenesis and Chemoprevention

Research Interest

Prostatic Cancer, Cancer, Leukemia, Lymphocytic, Chronic, B-Cell, Breast Cancer, Disease Models, Animal, Carcinoma, Hepatocellular, Cell Transformation, Neoplastic, Liver Cancer

Dr. Chen's research focuses on exploring signaling pathways that govern cancer cell survival as targets for drug discovery and design. He employs a multidisciplinary approach to identify new molecular targets by combining a wide range of expertise encompassing synthetic medicinal chemistry, molecular and cell biology, molecular pharmacology, and animal models in his research team. His laboratory has developed a series of novel small-molecule agents that target different molecular defects related to kinase signaling, epigenetics, and cell metabolism in cancer cells, including phosphoinositide-dependent kinase (PDK)-1/Akt inhibitors, histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitors, Bcl-2/Bcl-xL inhibitors, protein kinase C delta activators, AMPK activators, and glucose transporter inhibitors. These novel agents mediate antiproliferative effects through mechanisms distinct from that of conventional chemotherapeutic regimens, which will provide a rational approach for molecular targeted cancer therapy.

Education and Background

Office Location

336 Parks Hall

500 W 12th Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210




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