Li Chen, M.D., Ph.D.

Li Chen, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor of Radiology & Radiological Sciences

1161 21st Ave. S Nashville TN 37232

Research Description

Limin Chen, MD, PhD, earned her medical degree and Ph.D. from The Fourth Military Medical University in Xi’an, China. She completed a Brown-Coxe Postdoctoral Fellowship at Yale University School of Medicine. She joined the Vanderbilt faculty in 2003 and is currently tenured Associate Professor. Her current research centers on understanding the neural mechanisms underlying pain and touch, and the role of plasticity in mediating functional and behavioral recovery after spinal cord injury. Dr. Chen takes a multidisciplinary approach in her research. Her lab routinely uses functional MRI, advanced multiparametric MRI, electrical and focused ultrasound neuromodulation, in vivo electrophysiology, tract tracing histology, and behavioral assessments in animals. She is a member of the American Society for Neuroscience, International Association for the Study of Pain and Organization of Human Brian Mapping.

Section: Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Science

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Selected Publications