Alice Chen-Plotkin is a neuroscientist and neurologist at the University of Pennsylvania. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate and English literature major at Harvard University, Alice began her scientific training as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University. She subsequently returned to Harvard for medical school and neurology training at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Since 2010, Alice has been an assistant professor of neurology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
A physician-scientist, Alice runs a research group studying neurodegeneration and sees patients with neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s Disease. Her laboratory specializes in using unbiased approaches permitted by modern technology to generate leads in the investigation of neurodegenerative disorders, then follows these leads downstream in mechanistic cell and molecular biological experiments. She has been the recipient of a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, a Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award for Medical Scientists, a Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Clinician Scientist Development Award, and the American Academy of Neurology Jon Stolk Award in Movement Disorders.
Alice lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with her husband, biologist Joshua Plotkin, and their son and daughter. Alice is hoping that the Marine Lab will still be around when her kids are old enough to attend.