Lih-Shen Chin, PhD

Associate Professor

Emory University School of Medicine

Office: 5107 Rollins Research Center

Phone: 404-727-0361; Lab Number: 404-727-5617

Fax: 404-727-0365


Additional Contact Information

Mailing Address:

Emory University School of Medicine

Department of Pharmacology
1510 Clifton Road, Rollins Research Center Room 5107

Atlanta, Georgia 30322-2090


  • PhD, University of Califorinia, Davis, 1992
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, The Rockefeller University, 1992-1994
  • Research Associate, The Rockefeller University, 1994-1996
  • Research Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1996-2001
  • Emory University, 2001


Research Area:
Elucidation of the molecular pathogenic mechanisms of Parkinson's disease
Research Interests:
Our research interest is to elucidate the molecular pathogenic mechanisms of Parkinson’s disease.  Although Parkinson's disease (PD) has been known for nearly two centuries, the molecular mechanisms underlying the pathogenesis of PD remain poorly understood, and currently there is no cure to stop the progression of this devastating disease. Our research is focused on the pathogenic mechanisms of Parkinson's disease. We are using a multifaceted approach to delineate the molecular pathways by which mutations in familial PD proteins DJ-1, Parkin, and PINK1 lead to neurodegeneration and to identify additional players in the PD pathogenic pathways. We are also studying oxidative damage in idiopathic PD brains and investigating the gene-environment interactions in PD pathogenesis. Our goal is to use the mechanistic insights gained from these studies for developing new intervention strategies to treat PD.