Enjoying a little sunshine between research steps in the department garden.

Yimin Chen

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Kinesiology and Nutrition


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1919 W. Taylor St., 644 AHSB

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Dr. Chen is a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition. She practiced as a nutrition support dietitian for 15 years specializing in surgery, gastrointestinal diseases, critical care, and neonatology. Dr. Chen joined the Tappenden Lab after receiving her PhD to expand her preclinical research skills. Her research interest combines all her previous clinical and basic science experiences with a focus on the effects of human milk on intestinal growth, development, and disease prevention. She has experiences in: 1) conducting clinical trials with interdisciplinary teams, 2) handling and processing biological samples, including human milk, for basic science investigations, and 3) cell culture models. In her current postdoctoral training, she is gaining experience working with preclinical animal models, and obtaining necessary knowledge and skills to conduct mechanistic human milk research using peptidomics.

Service to the Community

Years of membership and leadership positions within nutrition and human milk professional organizations to expand interdisciplinary collaboration.

Leadership in the Profession

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; Dietitians in Nutrition Support Dietetics Practice Group, Chair

American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition Neonatal Section, Chair

American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition Conference Program Planning Committee, Chair-elect