Career Briefs

Dec. 29, 2013 @ 01:42 PM

Two NIEHS scientists awarded NIH tenure

DURHAM -- Two researchers at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in Research Triangle Park have been awarded tenure by the National Institutes of Health Central Tenure Committee. 

The honor was bestowed upon doctors Michael Fessler and Honglei Chen. Both scientists live in Cary. Fessler has been at NIEHS since 2006. Chen joined the institute in 2005. 

Fessler, lead researcher in the Clinical Investigation of Host Defense Group within the Laboratory of Respiratory Biology, studies the role of cholesterol movement within cells, and how that phenomenon affects response to environmental factors in lung cells. 

Chen heads the Aging and Neuroepidemiology Group in the Epidemiology Branch. He explores how environmental and genetic factors affect the risks of age-related neurodegenerative diseases and the aging process in general. His current research focuses on Parkinson’s disease. 

Fessler and Chen are both married and each has an 11-year-old son. Chen and his son love soccer, while Fessler and his son are tennis players. Fessler’s hobby is running. Chen enjoys hiking in his spare time.