Ya-Wen Chen

Title(s)Assistant Professor of Medicine
Address2020 Zonal Ave.
Off Campus
Los Angeles CA 90033
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    Columbia University Medical Center, New YorkPostdoctoral Training12/2018Stem Cell Biology, Pulmonary
    University of Maryland, Baltimore, BaltimorePh.D.07/2012Molecular Medicine
    Georgetown University, Washington DCM.S.05/2007Tumor Biology
    Tunghai University, Taichung, TaiwanB.S.06/2003Biology
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    American Lung Association2020Catalyst Award
    Donald E. and Delia B. Baxter Foundation2020Baxter Foundation Faculty Fellow
    Francis Family Foundation2018Parker B. Francis Fellowship
    International Society for Stem Cell Research2017Travel Award
    NHLBI Progenitor Cell Biology Consortium2017Training Award-human pluripotent stem cell biology and gene editing
    NHLBI Progenitor Cell Biology Consortium2017Training Award-Multiplexed in situ hybridzation
    International Society for Stem Cell Research2015Travel Award
    Columbia University Medical Center2015Samuel Bard Young Investigator Awards
    Journal of Investigative Dermatology2014Profile December: Meet the Investigator
    University of Maryland, Baltimore2010Travel Award
    Gordon Research Conference2010Winner of Biochemical Journal Poster Prize
    Gordon Research Conference20102nd place, Student Category of Plasminogen Activation & Extracellular Proteolysis
    Taiwan1999Masterpiece of Biology of National Science & Experiment Competition
    Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)1998Young Scientist Award of the 1st APEC Youth Science Festival
    Taiwan1998The third Award of the 38th National Private and high schools Science Fair

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    Currently, the only way to replace lung tissue is to perform lung transplantation, which is an complicate procedure that achieves only 10 to 20% survival at 10 years and is hampered by a severe shortage of donor organs. The ability to reconstruct lung tissue from hPSCs would fundamentally change the outlook of pulmonary medicine. In vitro generated lung tissue could be used for regenerative purposes. Alternatively, postnatal lung stem cells could be generated in sufficient quantities from hPSCs and used for stem-cell therapies and regenerative medicine. Over the past few years, lung progenitor populations have been identified in mouse models. It has become clear that many types of differentiated epithelial cells in the lung, such as club and ATII cells, can function as stem cells in steady state and following injury. Our research interests are applying human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs, including embryonic stem cells (ESCs) and induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs)) as a model to study the mechanisms of lung injury repair and ultimately apply the hPSC-derived lung stem/progenitor or mature airway/lung epithelial cells to facilitate lung injury repair, stem-cell therapy, and regenerative medicine.

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    Airway reconstruction via stem cell-based therapy
    Department of Defense Feb 1, 2021 - Jan 31, 2023
    Role: PI
    Development of TMPRSS2 antibody as an antiviral treatment for SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19)
    Department of Defense Jan 15, 2021 - Jan 14, 2023
    Role: PI
    Keck Foundation Aug 1, 2020 - Jul 31, 2021
    Role: PI
    American Lung Association Jul 1, 2020 - Jun 30, 2022
    Role: PI
    Baxter Foundation Jul 1, 2020 - Jun 30, 2021
    Role: PI
    California Institute for Regenerative Medicine Jul 1, 2020 - Jun 30, 2021
    Role: Co-I
    Francis Foundation Jul 1, 2018 - Jun 30, 2021
    Role: PI

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    1. LMBD1 protein participates in cell mitosis by regulating microtubule assembly. Biochem J. 2021 Jun 25; 478(12):2321-2337. Sun CY, Chang SC, Wang HP, Lee YJ, Pan KH, Lin CL, Hsieh YT, Ta YC, Chen YH, Chang MF. PMID: 34076705.
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    2. Xenogeneic cross-circulation for extracorporeal recovery of injured human lungs. Nat Med. 2020 07; 26(7):1102-1113. Hozain AE, O'Neill JD, Pinezich MR, Tipograf Y, Donocoff R, Cunningham KM, Tumen A, Fung K, Ukita R, Simpson MT, Reimer JA, Ruiz EC, Queen D, Stokes JW, Cardwell NL, Talackine J, Kim J, Snoeck HW, Chen YW, Romanov A, Marboe CC, Griesemer AD, Guenthart BA, Bacchetta M, Vunjak-Novakovic G. PMID: 32661401.
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    3. MicroRNA and ROS Crosstalk in Cardiac and Pulmonary Diseases. Int J Mol Sci. 2020 Jun 19; 21(12). Climent M, Viggiani G, Chen YW, Coulis G, Castaldi A. PMID: 32575472.
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    4. Modeling of Fibrotic Lung Disease Using 3D Organoids Derived from Human Pluripotent Stem Cells. Cell Rep. 2019 06 18; 27(12):3709-3723.e5. Strikoudis A, Cieslak A, Loffredo L, Chen YW, Patel N, Saqi A, Lederer DJ, Snoeck HW. PMID: 31216486.
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    5. Authentic Modeling of Human Respiratory Virus Infection in Human Pluripotent Stem Cell-Derived Lung Organoids. mBio. 2019 05 07; 10(3). Porotto M, Ferren M, Chen YW, Siu Y, Makhsous N, Rima B, Briese T, Greninger AL, Snoeck HW, Moscona A. PMID: 31064833.
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    6. Glycogen synthase kinase 3 induces multilineage maturation of human pluripotent stem cell-derived lung progenitors in 3D culture. Development. 2019 01 22; 146(2). de Carvalho ALRT, Strikoudis A, Liu HY, Chen YW, Dantas TJ, Vallee RB, Correia-Pinto J, Snoeck HW. PMID: 30578291.
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    7. New insights and therapeutic targets: Lung injury and disease. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2019 01; 157(1):416-420. Guenthart BA, Chen YW, Bacchetta M. PMID: 30557958.
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    8. 3D Modeling of Esophageal Development using Human PSC-Derived Basal Progenitors Reveals a Critical Role for Notch Signaling. Cell Stem Cell. 2018 10 04; 23(4):516-529.e5. Zhang Y, Yang Y, Jiang M, Huang SX, Zhang W, Al Alam D, Danopoulos S, Mori M, Chen YW, Balasubramanian R, Chuva de Sousa Lopes SM, Serra C, Bialecka M, Kim E, Lin S, Toste de Carvalho ALR, Riccio PN, Cardoso WV, Zhang X, Snoeck HW, Que J. PMID: 30244870.
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    9. Functional vascularized lung grafts for lung bioengineering. Sci Adv. 2017 08; 3(8):e1700521. Dorrello NV, Guenthart BA, O'Neill JD, Kim J, Cunningham K, Chen YW, Biscotti M, Swayne T, Wobma HM, Huang SXL, Snoeck HW, Bacchetta M, Vunjak-Novakovic G. PMID: 28875163.
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    10. Teratogenic Effects of Topiramate in a Zebrafish Model. Int J Mol Sci. 2017 Aug 07; 18(8). Lai YH, Ding YJ, Moses D, Chen YH. PMID: 28783116.
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    11. A three-dimensional model of human lung development and disease from pluripotent stem cells. Nat Cell Biol. 2017 May; 19(5):542-549. Chen YW, Huang SX, de Carvalho ALRT, Ho SH, Islam MN, Volpi S, Notarangelo LD, Ciancanelli M, Casanova JL, Bhattacharya J, Liang AF, Palermo LM, Porotto M, Moscona A, Snoeck HW. PMID: 28436965.
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    12. Cross-circulation for extracorporeal support and recovery of the lung. Nature Biomedical Engineering. 2017. O’Neill, J. D., Guenthart, B. A., Kim, J., Chicotka, S., Queen, D., Fung, K., Marboe, C., Romanov, A., Huang, S. X. L., Chen, Y.-W., Snoeck, H.-W., Bacchetta, M., & Vunjak-Novakovic, G.
    13. Generation of three-dimensional lung bud organoid and its derived branching colonies. Protocol Exchange. 2017. Chen, Y.-W., Ahmed, A., & Snoeck, H.-W.
    14. Plasminogen-Dependent Matriptase Activation Accelerates Plasmin Generation by Differentiating Primary Human Keratinocytes. J Invest Dermatol. 2016 06; 136(6):1210-1218. Chen YW, Yin S, Lai YJ, Johnson MD, Lin CY. PMID: 26872599.
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    15. The in vitro generation of lung and airway progenitor cells from human pluripotent stem cells. Nat Protoc. 2015 Mar; 10(3):413-25. Huang SX, Green MD, de Carvalho AT, Mumau M, Chen YW, D'Souza SL, Snoeck HW. PMID: 25654758.
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    16. Efficient generation of lung and airway epithelial cells from human pluripotent stem cells. Nat Biotechnol. 2014 Jan; 32(1):84-91. Huang SX, Islam MN, O'Neill J, Hu Z, Yang YG, Chen YW, Mumau M, Green MD, Vunjak-Novakovic G, Bhattacharya J, Snoeck HW. PMID: 24291815.
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    17. Imbalanced matriptase pericellular proteolysis contributes to the pathogenesis of malignant B-cell lymphomas. Am J Pathol. 2013 Oct; 183(4):1306-17. Chou FP, Chen YW, Zhao XF, Xu-Monette ZY, Young KH, Gartenhaus RB, Wang JK, Kataoka H, Zuo AH, Barndt RJ, Johnson M, Lin CY. PMID: 24070417.
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    18. Matriptase expression and zymogen activation in human pilosebaceous unit. J Histochem Cytochem. 2014 Jan; 62(1):50-9. Wu BY, Lee SP, Hsiao HC, Chiu H, Chen CY, Yeo YH, Lee HS, Chen YW, Kaul M, Kataoka H, Johnson MD, Wang JK, Lin CY. PMID: 24004857.
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    19. Matriptase regulates proliferation and early, but not terminal, differentiation of human keratinocytes. J Invest Dermatol. 2014 Feb; 134(2):405-414. Chen YW, Wang JK, Chou FP, Wu BY, Hsiao HC, Chiu H, Xu Z, Baksh ANH, Shi G, Kaul M, Barndt R, Shanmugam VK, Johnson MD, Lin CY. PMID: 23900022.
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    20. Antithrombin regulates matriptase activity involved in plasmin generation, syndecan shedding, and HGF activation in keratinocytes. PLoS One. 2013; 8(5):e62826. Chen YW, Xu Z, Baksh AN, Wang JK, Chen CY, Swanson R, Olson ST, Kataoka H, Johnson MD, Lin CY. PMID: 23675430.
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    21. Handbook of Proteolytic Enzymes (Third edition). MS. 681|Matriptase. 2012. Lin, CY., Chen, YW., Xu, ZH., Johnson, MD.
    22. The transmembrane serine protease matriptase: implications for cellular biology and human diseases. J Med Sci. 2012. Chen, YW., Eckert, RL., Johnson, M., Lin, CY.
    23. Mechanisms for the control of matriptase activity in the absence of sufficient HAI-1. . 2012 Jan 15; 302(2):C453-62. Xu H, Xu Z, Tseng IC, Chou FP, Chen YW, Wang JK, Johnson MD, Kataoka H, Lin CY. PMID: 22031598.
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    24. Targeting zymogen activation to control the matriptase-prostasin proteolytic cascade. J Med Chem. 2011 Nov 10; 54(21):7567-78. Xu Z, Chen YW, Battu A, Wilder P, Weber D, Yu W, Mackerell AD, Chen LM, Chai KX, Johnson MD, Lin CY. PMID: 21966950.
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    25. Analgesic and Antiinflammatory Activities of the Aqueous Extract from Plectranthus amboinicus (Lour.) Spreng. Both In Vitro and In Vivo. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2012; 2012:508137. Chiu YJ, Huang TH, Chiu CS, Lu TC, Chen YW, Peng WH, Chen CY. PMID: 21915187.
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    26. Matriptase is inhibited by extravascular antithrombin in epithelial cells but not in most carcinoma cells. . 2011 Nov; 301(5):C1093-103. Chou FP, Xu H, Lee MS, Chen YW, Richards OX, Swanson R, Olson ST, Johnson MD, Lin CY. PMID: 21795523.
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    27. Increased matriptase zymogen activation in inflammatory skin disorders. . 2011 Mar; 300(3):C406-15. Chen CJ, Wu BY, Tsao PI, Chen CY, Wu MH, Chan YL, Lee HS, Johnson MD, Eckert RL, Chen YW, Chou F, Wang JK, Lin CY. PMID: 21123732.
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    28. Regulation of the matriptase-prostasin cell surface proteolytic cascade by hepatocyte growth factor activator inhibitor-1 during epidermal differentiation. J Biol Chem. 2010 Oct 08; 285(41):31755-62. Chen YW, Wang JK, Chou FP, Chen CY, Rorke EA, Chen LM, Chai KX, Eckert RL, Johnson MD, Lin CY. PMID: 20696767.
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    29. Type I transglutaminase accumulation in the endoplasmic reticulum may be an underlying cause of autosomal recessive congenital ichthyosis. J Biol Chem. 2010 Oct 08; 285(41):31634-46. Jiang H, Jans R, Xu W, Rorke EA, Lin CY, Chen YW, Fang S, Zhong Y, Eckert RL. PMID: 20663883.
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    30. TMPRSS2, a serine protease expressed in the prostate on the apical surface of luminal epithelial cells and released into semen in prostasomes, is misregulated in prostate cancer cells. Am J Pathol. 2010 Jun; 176(6):2986-96. Chen YW, Lee MS, Lucht A, Chou FP, Huang W, Havighurst TC, Kim K, Wang JK, Antalis TM, Johnson MD, Lin CY. PMID: 20382709.
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    31. Polarized epithelial cells secrete matriptase as a consequence of zymogen activation and HAI-1-mediated inhibition. . 2009 Aug; 297(2):C459-70. Wang JK, Lee MS, Tseng IC, Chou FP, Chen YW, Fulton A, Lee HS, Chen CJ, Johnson MD, Lin CY. PMID: 19535514.
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    32. Zymogen activation, inhibition, and ectodomain shedding of matriptase. Front Biosci. 2008 Jan 01; 13:621-35. Lin CY, Tseng IC, Chou FP, Su SF, Chen YW, Johnson MD, Dickson RB. PMID: 17981575.
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