Dean, UCO College of Mathematics and Science
Director, Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Education and Research (CIBER)
Professor, Department of Engineering and Physics
2008 U.S. Professor of the Year
Wei R. Chen received his undergraduate degree in Physics from Shandong University, Jinan, China, in 1982. He received his Ph.D. degree in theoretical high-energy particle physics from the University of Oregon in 1988. He currently is Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the Department of Engineering and Physics, Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Education and Research, and Dean of the Colleges of Mathematics and Science, at the University of Central Oklahoma.
Dr. Chen’s main research interests include laser-tissue interactions, laser photothermal treatment of cancer, anti-tumor immune responses induced by laser treatment, simulation of light transport in tissues, and monitoring of cancer treatment using magnetic resonance imaging, photoacoustic imaging, IR thermal imaging, and other modalities. Dr. Chen is co-inventor of the novel immunoadjuvant, glycated chitosan. He is also the co-inventor of the novel cancer treatment method, laser immunotherapy, using laser irradiation and immunological stimulation. Laser Immunotherapy has been used in initial clinical trials for late-stage, metastatic melanoma and breast cancer patients with promising outcomes.
Dr. Chen has published more than 140 peer-reviewed articles and more than 160 conference proceeding papers. He has been awarded nine US patents and several international patents. He served from 2011 to 2015 as the Editor-in-Chief for the international Journal of X-Ray Science and Technology. Dr. Chen established in 2006, and since chaired, the international conference "Biophotonics and Immune Responses" at the annual Photonics West Symposium sponsored by SPIE (International Society for Optics and Photonics). Dr. Chen was elected SPIE Fellow in 2007. Dr. Chen, as principal investigator, has been awarded more than $7 million in education and research funding from federal and state agencies, as well as industrial sponsors.
Dr. Chen was selected as 2008 US Professor of the Year. He was also the recipient of the SPIE 2012 Educator Award. Dr. Chen was awarded the Medal for Excellence in Teaching by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence in 2011. In 2000, he helped develop the first Biomedical Engineering undergraduate degree program in Oklahoma, and established the Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Education and Research Center at the University of Central Oklahoma in 2010.
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