P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans


Binbin Chen, 2016

MD/PhD, Stanford University

Binbin Chen is an immigrant from China

Fellowship awarded to support work towards an MD/PhD in Genetics and Genetics at Stanford University

When Binbin was ten years old, his father was imprisoned by the local Chinese government and sentenced to seven years in prison. His mother fled to the United States. After seven years of trying, Binbin was finally able to obtain his US visa and join his mother.

Soon after arriving to the US, Binbin started studying at Georgia Tech where he was a biomedical engineering major. He published a first-author paper in The Journal of Translational Medicine as a sophomore, and was awarded a Goldwater Scholarship. As a senior, Binbin helped organize the first LGBT graduation reception for Georgia Tech, which was covered by the Atlanta NPR station.

After graduating, Binbin deferred his matriculation to medical school for a year to conduct research in Johannesburg, South Africa. There he investigated a bimolecular method to assess HIV patients’ drug adherence and observed the social stigma against HIV patients and those who identified as LGBT. This experience led to his advocacy for LGBT health during his medical school training.

Binbin is now working towards his MD/PhD at Stanford University in the labs of Dr. Russ Altman and Dr. Ash Alizadeh, where he is developing bioinformatics tools to understand patient responses to immunotherapy. He is the co-president of Stanford LGBT Meds, which aims to address the health disparity among LGBT patient populations. In addition, he volunteers at the Pacific Free Clinic for the underserved population in the Bay Area. In the future, Binbin hopes to conduct biomedical research and advocate for health equality.

  • BS Biomedical Engineering | Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus 2013
  • MD Genetics | Stanford University
  • PhD Genetics | Stanford University
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