Professor Chunying Chen received her BSc in Chemistry (1991) and PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Huazhong University of Science and Technology of China (1996). She worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the CAS Key Laboratory of Nuclear Analytical Techniques, Institute of High Energy Physics of Chinese Academy of Sciences (1996–1998). She has been a professor at the National Center for Nanoscience and Technology of China since 2006. She was elected as a General Secretary of the Asian Society of Toxicology in 2018. She is also a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (2021) and the Royal Society of Chemistry (2016).
Professor Chen’s research focuses on the development and application of quantitative approaches for evaluation of nano-bio interaction and the fate of nanomaterials in biota and environment. She has had over 300 peer reviewed articles published in journals including Nature Nanotechnology, Nature Methods, Nature Communications, JACS and PNAS, with over 32,100 citations and an h-index of 94. She was recognised among the prestigious group of Highly Cited Researchers in the world in the field of Pharmacology and Toxicology (2014, 2017 and 2018, Thomson Reuters). She has published six books and has been granted over 30 patents.
For her contributions to science, Professor Chen has received numerous awards, including TWAS Chemistry Award (2020), the Second Prize of the National Natural Science Award (2018), Outstanding Female Awards of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (2017), Chinese Young Female Scientists Award (2014), National Middle-aged and Young Experts with Outstanding Contributions (2014), the National Award for Innovation and Outstanding Service to the Standard authorised by the Standardization Administration of China (2011).