Preserving the Precious Gift of Sight

RRF Research Chair at Baylor College of Medicine

Dr. Jason Chen (far left) with his lab group
Dr. Jason Chen (far left) with his lab group


Ching-Kang Jason Chen, PhD

Dept. of Ophthalmology; Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Neuroscience; Molecular and Human Genetics

Baylor College of Medicine

Houston, TX

Dr. Chen's Research Project

Mechanisms and consequences of photoreceptor degeneration

Current Research Interests

Dr. Chen works on heterotrimeric G-protein signal transduction in retinal neurons including rod and cone photoreceptors, bipolar cells, amacrine cells and retinal ganglion cells. By making and characterizing mouse models of human congenital stationary night blindness and photoreceptor degeneration, he also studies the mechanisms and functions of rhythmic membrane potential oscillation of inner retinal neurons in the development and maintenance of the entire visual system.

Dr. Chen has authored 69 publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals as well as seven book chapters. He is a widely recognized molecular geneticist and provides a rod-specific and an ON-bipolar cell-specific inducible Cre driver lines to the worldwide vision community.





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The mission of the Retina Research Foundation is to reduce retinal blindness worldwide by funding programs in research and education. As a public charity, RRF raises funds from the private sector and the investment of its endowment funds.

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October 1, 2017