Current Title

Assistant Professor

Research Group

locationPittsburg, PA, USA

Xing Chen is an Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where she specializes her research and work in brain-computer interfaces, visual neuroscience, blindness, and chronic recording from and microstimulation of the brain. Originally from Singapore, she won a Trustee (full-tuition) scholarship to the University of Southern California in 2004, and graduated with a BS in Neuroscience in 2008. She subsequently, completed her PhD in Visual Neuroscience at Newcastle University in the lab of Alexander Thiele. Here she examined how extensive training and improvement on fine visual tasks is accompanied by changes in the primate visual system at the neuronal level. Her lab, the Chen lab, develops high-channel-count, chronically implantable devices to record and stimulate the brain. They utilize cutting-edge developments in electrode fabrication and microelectronics in order to improve probe durability and biocompatibility. This generates fundamental neuroscientific knowledge and translates results from the lab to the clinic.


  • PhD, Visual Neuroscience, Newcastle University (2014)