Meet: Faculty

Meet the fantastic faculty members who will help with MSCE planning, logistics, and activities this year!

James Che-Hong Chen ( 陳哲宏 )

B.S. Agronomy | National Taiwan University

Ph.D. Genetics | UC Berkeley

Post-doc Fellowship | Cornell University

Senior Research Scientist, SPARK Fellow of Translational Discovery | Chemical and Systems Biology, Stanford University School of Medicine

CEO, Vice Chair, Stanford-Taiwan ALDH2 Deficiency Research (STAR) Consortium; Visiting Professor, Taipei Medical University and Fu-Jen Catholic University; Advisor, National Taiwan University SPARK Program

As a research scientist at Stanford, James discovered a class of novel small molecule activators for the family of aldehyde dehydrogenases. These molecules are drug-like with great potential for clinical applications. His research has been highlighted in Scientific American (http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/ecstasy-precursor-shows-how-to-reduce-alcohol-cancer-risk-and-curb-drunkenness/). James is interested in public health education for the awareness of “Asian Alcohol Flushing” and cancer risks. He has active research collaborations with several institutes in Taiwan including the recent formation of Stanford-Taiwan ALDH2 research consortium. He enjoys training and working with undergraduates (including pre-meds), graduate students and post-doctoral fellows in the lab. In his spare time, James enjoys listening to classical music, swimming, biking and attending his Bible study group. James also serves as a member on the board of directors for Luke Christian Medical Mission.

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Margaret Lee Chen ( 李淳鳹 )

B.S.   Biology | Stanford University

Ph.D. Molecular Biology | UC Berkeley

Faculty, Biology | Ohlone College

Margaret grew up in the United States but re-learned Taiwanese in order to connect with her Taiwanese roots. She is still trying to learn Mandarin, slowly but surely.  During the school year she teaches microbiology at Ohlone College, a community college in Fremont, California.

Paul Cheng ( 鄭博仁)

M.D. | National Taiwan University

Ph.D. Microbiology | University of Pennsylvania M.A.

Bioethics | Trinity International University Clinical Associate Professor (on leave) | UC San Francisco

Fellow, American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Executive Director | Luke Christian Medical Mission USA

Paul is an active independent practitioner at his clinic for allergy, asthma, and immunology. He has supervised many pre-med students at his clinic over the years. He is also very involved in advocating medical missions, serving as the Executive Director of LCMM USA, and in teaching bioethics in the church community.

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Barbara Okamoto

B.S. Zoology | Pennsylvania State University
M.D. | Medical College of Pennsylvania
Residency | Saint Joseph Hospital, Denver, CO
FACS | Fellow of the American College of Surgeons/ACS. Chicago, IL

Barbara retired from the Permanente Medical Group in Ohio at the end of 2011.  She was a member of the surgery department for over 16 years.  She was on staff at Marymount Hospital and Parma Community General Hospital upon retirement after being in private practice and working in another HMO in the past.  Since 1984 she has participated in short term mission trips and upon retiring has devoted her time to longer term mission work having completed 28 mission trips to 9 different countries within Asia, Africa, Central and South America. She started her love and participation for missions in Taitung, Taiwan in 1984 for 7 months.  She loves reading, Christian music, hiking, and downhill skiing.


Dr. George Leslie Mackay seeing patients in Taiwan
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