Chen Zhu

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This is a Chinese name; the family name is Chen.
Chen Zhu (2011)

Chen Zhu (Chinese: 陈竺; pinyin: Chén Zhú; born August 17, 1953), is a hematologist and molecular biologist. He is now chairman of the Chinese Peasants' and Workers' Democratic Party, and a vice-chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress.[1] Chen also holds a professorship at the School of Medicine of the Shanghai Jiao Tong University in Shanghai.


Chen was born in Shanghai in August 1953, and his ancestral hometown is Zhenjiang, Jiangsu Province.

Chen obtained his master's degree from the Shanghai Second Medical Sciences University (now the medical school of Shanghai Jiao Tong University) in September, 1981.[1] He obtained his PhD from the Université Paris 7 - Denis Diderot in Paris, France. Chen completed his medical residency and post-doctoral research at the same university and its teaching hospital.[1]

Chen is former President of the Shanghai Institute of Hematology and former Director-general of the China Human Genome Center (South) in Shanghai. He is married to fellow hematologist Chen Saijuan, and has one son. Both Chen and his wife are former students of Zhen-yi Wang.

Honors and awards[edit]

Chen is an Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, foreign member of the United States National Academy of Sciences, foreign member of the United States Institute of Medicine, 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 and the "Prix de l'Qise" by "La Ligue Nationale contre le Cancer" of France (he is the first non-French winner).

In 2002, Chen received the Légion d'honneur from French Government. In 2005, Chen was given an honorary doctor of science by the University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.

In 2010, Chen was awarded an honorary degree (Doctor of the University) by the University of York, UK, at a ceremony in Beijing.

In 2012, Chen was awarded the 7th Annual Szent-Györgyi Prize for Progress in Cancer Research by the National Foundation for Cancer Research. [2]


Government offices
Preceded by
Gao Qiang
PRC Minister of Health
Succeeded by
Li Bin
as Chairwoman of the new National Health and Family Planning Commission