Ying-Ja Chen
Dr. Ying-Ja Chen
Scientist, Pronutria
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I studied bioengineering and electrical engineering in graduate school and undergraduate, respectively. Enjoying math and science is the primary reason why I chose those majors. After completing postdoctoral research, I now work as a Scientist in a biotechnology start-up company. My day-to-day involves analyzing the properties of protein molecules to determine what makes a better drug.

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PhD, Bioengineering, University of California, San Diego. BS, Electrical Engineering, National Taiwan University
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  • Ashley U

    Added Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 8:59 PM

    I am currently a high school senior and have been accepted UCI under biomedical engineering. It is something I am interested in but I worry I will not be capable of "building" and "creating." I've never built or created anything and I'm not sure I will be good at it. Any advice?
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    Ying-Ja Chen, Pronutria
    Answered Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 9:09 PM
    I don't think you need to be worried before you try it out. Honestly, I have never built or created anything when I was in high school, either. All I knew was that I liked math and biology more than social science and language. They taught us many ...
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  • Carli, Prince Frederick

    Added Monday, April 4, 2016 at 10:13 PM

    Hi! I am currently a graduating high school senior and I am making my decision on the college I want to attend. One of my top schools has biomedical engineering, but the other one doesn't. If I went to the second school, then I would study biochemistry or mechanical engineering. Is one degree more favorable than the others.?
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    Ying-Ja Chen, Pronutria
    Answered Monday, April 4, 2016 at 10:13 PM


    In my experience, it is a bit easier for engineers who already have the math training to step into learning biology and become a biomedical engineer. Mechanical engineering prepares you to design devices as an engineer in industry, whereas ...

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  • Raquel, Valparaiso, Indiana

    Added Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at 8:59 PM

    Hi, I'm currently a freshman undergrad student at Valparaiso Univerity and am studying Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Biomedical Engineering. I seen on here that an application of biomedical engineering is coming up with treatments for cancer that have less side effects..Can I do that with just my major and minor? Or would I have to be premed or go to med school?? Also, my current plan is to go into biomechanics and build mechanical prosthetics..am I currently on the right path? Would I ...
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    Ying-Ja Chen, Pronutria
    Answered Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at 8:59 PM

     In my view, you are on the right track. Coming up with treatments for cancer or building prosthetics can be tackled from several angles. A biomechanics focus allows you to study how cancer cells respond to mechanical stimuli differently from normal ...

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