Felicia Chen, MD
Assistant Professor
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
Pulmonary, Allergy, Sleep & Critical Care Medicine

MD, Albany Medical College
BA, Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Chen's laboratory projects focus on retinoic acid biology in healthy and diseased lungs. She uses a multifaceted approach to knock down retinoic acid signals in mouse models for her studies, including dietary deprivation of vitamin A, pharmacologic blockade of retinoic acid synthesis and receptor activation, as well as genetic modifications. Her current projects include the regulatory properties of retinoic acid on 1) airway smooth muscle homeostasis, 2) lung microbiome, 3) embryonic airway epithelial specification, and 4) matrix fibroblast activation.

Special interests include:
-Vitamin A and retinoid biology
-Embryonic lung development
-Lung homeostasis
-Lung injury and repair
-Fibrotic lung diseases

Boston University
Pulmonary Center

Boston University
Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research

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Boston Medical Center

Regulation of airway smooth muscle phenotype by retinoic acid
04/20/2016 - 03/31/2021 (PI)
NIH/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Retinoic Acid Signaling in Lung Morphogenesis Initiation
07/01/2005 - 06/30/2006 (PI)
NIH/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
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Role of Retinoic Acid Signaling in Initiation of Lung Morphogenesis
07/01/2005 - 09/30/2006 (PI)


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  1. Marquez HA, Chen F. Retinoic Acid Signaling and Development of the Respiratory System. Subcell Biochem. 2020; 95:151-174.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32297299
  2. Norman TA, Gower AC, Chen F, Fine A. Transcriptional landscape of pulmonary lymphatic endothelial cells during fetal gestation. PLoS One. 2019; 14(5):e0216795.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31083674; PMCID: PMC6513083; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0216795;
  3. Chen F, Shao F, Hinds A, Yao S, Ram-Mohan S, Norman TA, Krishnan R, Fine A. Retinoic acid signaling is essential for airway smooth muscle homeostasis. JCI Insight. 2018 08 23; 3(16).View Related Profiles. PMID: 30135301; PMCID: PMC6141181; DOI: 10.1172/jci.insight.120398;
  4. Wasserman GA, Szymaniak AD, Hinds AC, Yamamoto K, Kamata H, Smith NM, Hilliard KL, Carrieri C, Labadorf AT, Quinton LJ, Ai X, Varelas X, Chen F, Mizgerd JP, Fine A, O'Carroll D, Jones MR. Expression of Piwi protein MIWI2 defines a distinct population of multiciliated cells. J Clin Invest. 2017 Oct 02; 127(10):3866-3876.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28920925; PMCID: PMC5617666; DOI: 10.1172/JCI94639;
  5. Chen F, Fine A. Stem Cells in Lung Injury and Repair. Am J Pathol. 2016 Oct; 186(10):2544-50.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27524796; PMCID: PMC5222968; DOI: 10.1016/j.ajpath.2016.05.023;
  6. Chen F, Cardoso WV. Culture of mouse embryonic foregut explants. Methods Mol Biol. 2015; 1189:163-9.View Related Profiles. PMID: 25245693; DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4939-1164-6_11;
  7. Chen F, Marquez H, Kim YK, Qian J, Shao F, Fine A, Cruikshank WW, Quadro L, Cardoso WV. Prenatal retinoid deficiency leads to airway hyperresponsiveness in adult mice. J Clin Invest. 2014 Feb 3; 124(2):801-11.View Related Profiles. PMID: 24401276; PMCID: PMC3904614; DOI: 10.1172/JCI70291;
  8. Chen F, Cao Y, Qian J, Shao F, Niederreither K, Cardoso WV. A retinoic acid-dependent network in the foregut controls formation of the mouse lung primordium. J Clin Invest. 2010 Jun; 120(6):2040-8.View Related Profiles. PMID: 20484817; PMCID: PMC2877937; DOI: 10.1172/JCI40253;
  9. Shi W, Chen F, Cardoso WV. Mechanisms of lung development: contribution to adult lung disease and relevance to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Proc Am Thorac Soc. 2009 Dec 1; 6(7):558-63.View Related Profiles. PMID: 19934349; PMCID: PMC3266050; DOI: 10.1513/pats.200905-031RM;
  10. Tsao PN, Chen F, Izvolsky KI, Walker J, Kukuruzinska MA, Lu J, Cardoso WV. Gamma-secretase activation of notch signaling regulates the balance of proximal and distal fates in progenitor cells of the developing lung. J Biol Chem. 2008 Oct 24; 283(43):29532-44.View Related Profiles. PMID: 18694942; PMCID: PMC2570893; DOI: 10.1074/jbc.M801565200;
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In addition to these self-described keywords below, a list of MeSH based concepts is available here.

Embryonic lung development
Lung homeostasis
Lung injury and repair
Retinoid biology
Fibrotic lung diseases
Lung regeneration

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