Chen Zhu (Chinese: 陈竺; pinyin: Chén Zhú; born August 17, 1953), is a hematologist, molecular biologist, and former Minister of Health of China, currently Vice-President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). Chen also holds professorship at the School of Medicine of the Shanghai Jiao Tong University in Shanghai.
Chen obtained his master's degree from the Shanghai Second Medical Sciences University (the medical university later would be merged into Shanghai Jiao Tong University and now is SJTU's medical school) in September, 1981.
Chen obtained his PhD from the Université Paris 7 - Denis Diderot in Paris, France. Chen also completed his medical residency and post-doctoral research at the same university and its teaching hospital.
Chen was the former President of the Shanghai Institute of Hematology. He was also the former Director-general of the China Human Genome Center (South) in Shanghai. Currently, Chen is a Vice-President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).
Chen currently is the only Minister of P.R.China without any political membership or party-ship.
Honors and awards
Chen was elected an Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Chen is also a foreign member of the United States National Academy of Sciences, a foreign member of the United States Institute of Medicine, a foreign member of the French Academy of Sciences, and a member of the Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS). Chen is also a Member of the European Academy of Arts, Sciences and Humanities. He was elected an Honorary Fellows of the UK Academy of Medical Sciences in 2008.
Chen was awarded the State Scientific and Technological Award by the Chinese government. Chen was awarded the "Prix de l'Qise" by "La League Nationale contre le Cancer" of France as the first non-French winner.
In 2012, Chen was awarded the 7th Annual Szent-Györgyi Prize for Progress in Cancer Research by the National Foundation for Cancer Research. 
In 2010, Chen was awarded an honorary degree (Doctor of the University) by the University of York, UK, at a ceremony in Beijing.
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