Anjen Chenn, MD, PhD

Anjen Chenn, MD, PhD
Associate Professor





Research Areas

  • Mechanisms regulating normal neural development, autism and brain tumors
  • Molecular diagnostics
  • Diagnostic test/assay discovery and development

Clinical Focus

Clinical Pathology, Molecular Genetic Pathology

Research Focus

Developmental Neuroscience and Brain Tumor Stem Cells

What I Do

Our major research interest is understanding the factors that control cell proliferation and differentiation in the developing mammalian central nervous system. The ongoing research of the lab seeks to understand the function and control of these pathways in both normal and tumor cells. The identification and better understanding of these key pathways can lead to improved diagnostic tools and novel drug targets in neurological diseases such as Autism and Brain Cancer. See our Research page for details. We are in the Department of Pathology at the University of Illinois, Chicago


AB, Biochemical Sciences, 1990: Harvard University (Summa Cum Laude)
PhD, Neurosciences, 1997: Stanford University Medical School
MD, 1997: Stanford University Medical School

Residency Training

Clinical Pathology, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA

Board Certification

Clinical Pathology, American Board of Pathology
Molecular Genetic Pathology, American Board of Pathology 

Awards and Honors

  • 2003            Distinguished Scientist Award, Sontag Foundation
  • 2003            Searle Scholar
  • 2002            Eppendorf and Science Magazine Prize for Neurobiology
  • 2002            Burroughs-Wellcome Fund Career Award in the Biomedical Sciences Nominee
  • 1999-2002   Physician Postdoctoral Fellowship, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
  • 1999            Paul E. Strandjord Young Investigator Award, with Distinction
                        Academy of Clinical Laboratory Physicians and Scientists
  • 1999            Pathology Resident Award Finalist; ASCP/CAP National Meting

Selected Recent Publications

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Neural Development, Cancer, Autism