Weiqin Chen


Weiqin Chen


Academic Appointment(s)

Medical College of Georgia
Department of Physiology

The Graduate School

Department of The Graduate School


  • Ph.D., Molecular Genetics Michigan State University, 2005

  • MS, Microbiology, General China Agricultural University, 1999

  • BS, Microbiology, General Nanjing Agricultural Universit, 1995

Awards & Honors

  • 3rd Place AU Core Lab Grant Program, 2023

  • Grant Reviewer Grant: “Pilot and Feasibility funding from the Diabetes Research at Washington University.”, 2023

  • Outstanding Young Basic Science Faculty Award MCG Faculty Senate, 2017

  • Endocrine Society Eugenia Rosemberg Travel Award Endocrine Society, 2013

  • Medical Student Sponsor Award Medical Scholars Program at Augusta University, 2013

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

  • CURS 2990

    Undergrad Research I
  • PSIO 6720

    Pathophys 2
  • PSIO 6610

    Seminar in Phys
  • PSIO 9010

    Seminar in Physiology
  • CURS 3990

    Undergrad Research II
  • PSIO 6110

    Medical Physio 1


Selected Recent Publications

  • Impact of housing temperature on adipose tissue HDAC9 expression and adipogenic differentiation in high fat‐fed mice, 2023
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Mice deficient in ER protein seipin have reduced adrenal cholesteryl ester lipid droplet formation and utilization, 2022
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Hepatic neddylation deficiency triggers fatal liver injury via inducing NF-kappa B-inducing kinase in mice, 2022
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • BSCL2/Seipin deficiency in hearts causes cardiac energy deficit and dysfunction via inducing excessive lipid catabolism, 2022
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • BSCL2/Seipin Deficiency in Heart Causes Energy Deficit and Heart Failure via Inducing Excessive Lipid Catabolism, 2022
    Journal Article, Academic Journal

Research Interests

Obesity and its associated health comorbidities are a worldwide epidemic with serious economic and health burden on society. The long-term research interest in the lab is to understand the regulation of white, beige and brown adipose tissue development and energy homeostasis, and use it to develop potential therapeutic approaches for obesity and related metabolic diseases.

Department Service

  • Faculty Search 2018 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Hamilton Award Committee 2016 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Physiology Chair Search 2018 - 2019

    Role: Committee Member
  • Seminar Series 2017

    Role: Committee Chair
  • Symposium "Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases" 2017

    Role: Other

University Service

  • Grant review for Intramural Grants Program 2018 - Present

    Role: Grant Proposal Reviewer, Internal
  • IACUC 2016 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Graduate Research Day at Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University 2013 - Present

    Role: Other

Professional Service

  • International Journal of Obesity 2017 - Present

    Role: Editorial Review Board Member
  • American Heart Association BCVS Conference 2016 - Present

    Role: Reviewer
  • AIMS Molecular Medicine 2015 - Present

    Role: Reviewer
  • American Heart Association SURF2 study section 2015 - Present

    Role: Reviewer, Grant Proposal
  • Diabetes 2015 - Present

    Role: Reviewer