| Xi Chen is a post-doctorate in Dr. Chou’s lab at Iowa State University. She originally came from Shenyang, China. Xi spent several years in her graduate program and got her PhD degree in Plant Physiology from Iowa State University, in May 2011.
Xi’s PhD studies were conducted mainly by means of molecular and genetic approaches (RT-PCR, Western blotting, immunoprecipitation and so on). These are all traditional techniques in biological research. With the recent development of bioinformatic techniques, more biological researchers will analyze their data, especially large-scale genomic data, in association with computers. Therefore, she believes that learning how to combine bioinformatics with the traditional biotechniques in research will prepare her to become a more successful biologist. Currently, Xi is focusing on conducting RNA interference (RNAi) experiments in cultured mammalian cells that are designed using a novel whole-genome thermodynamic analysis approach.
In her free time, Xi likes reading and traveling, and dreams one day she could travel to Africa.