Hao Chen, Ph.D.

Hao Chen, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Pharmacology

The University of Tennessee
Health Science Center
Department of Pharmacology
250 Nash Research Building
Memphis, TN 38163
Phone: (901) 448-3720
Email: Hao Chen


  • Ph.D., Michigan State University, Anatomy
  • M.S., Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Neuroanatomy
  • Bachelor of Medicine, Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Basic Science of Chinese Medicine

Research Interests

My long-term interest is to elucidate the complex interaction between social, genetic, and sensory factors in regulating drug abuse behavior, particularly cigarette smoking and alcohol drinking, by using rodent models. Behavioral, anatomical, molecular, genetic, genomic and informatics approaches are integrated to investigate the mechanisms underlying the effects of social and genetic factors on drug abuse and addiction behavior.

Representative Publications

  • Chen H, Weber AJ. Brain-derived neurotrophic factor reduces TrkB protein and mRNA in the normal retina and following optic nerve crush in adult rats. Brain Res. 2004 Jun 11;1011(1):99-106. PubMed PMID: 15140649.
  • Chen H, Weber AJ. Expression of glial fibrillary acidic protein and glutamine synthetase by Müller cells after optic nerve damage and intravitreal application of brain-derived neurotrophic factor. Glia. 2002 Apr 15;38(2):115-25. PubMed PMID: 11948805.
  • Chen H, Weber AJ. BDNF enhances retinal ganglion cell survival in cats with optic nerve damage. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2001 Apr;42(5):966-74. PubMed PMID: 11274073.
  • Weber AJ, Chen H, Hubbard WC, Kaufman PL. Experimental glaucoma and cell size, density, and number in the primate lateral geniculate nucleus. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2000 May;41(6):1370-9. PubMed PMID: 10798652.

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