Weiqin Chen

Associate Professor

Weiqin Chen

Associate Professor

Academic Appointment(s)

Medical College of Georgia
Department of Physiology

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

  • 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

  • RNA-Seq Grant Augusta University Cancer Center, 2013

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship American Heart Association, 2010

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

  • CURS 2990

    Undergrad Research I
  • PSIO 6810

    Medical Physio II
  • VBIO 8020

    New Frontiers in Vasc Bio
  • PSIO 6720

    Pathophys 2


Selected Recent Publications

  • 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
  • TEAD1 protects against necroptosis in postmitotic cardiomyocytes through regulation of nuclear DNA-encoded mitochondrial genes., 2021
    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