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Dr. Chwan-Li (Leslie) Shen, Ph.D., C.C.R.P.

Dr. Chwan-Li (Leslie) Shen, Ph.D., C.C.R.P.

Dr. Chwan-Li (Leslie) Shen is an Associate Professor of Pathology and Physiology, School of Medicine and a Clinical Associate Professor of Laboratory Sciences and Primary Care, School of Allied Health, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, TX. She is also a researcher at the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.

She obtained her B.S. degree from Providence University Taiwan, her MS degree from Texas Tech University Texas, and her PhD degree from Purdue University Indiana. Within her faculty career, she has developed a broad range of expertise in molecular mechanisms and animal models of osteoporosis and osteoarthritis. Her research papers include a wide spectrum of interventions such as dietary nutrients, bioactive components, functional food, phytochemicals, herbal supplements, and exercise, and various mechanisms including anti-inflammation, anti-oxidative DNA damage, bone metabolism and structure, and bone biomechanics – often shown in different bone disease models.

Dr. Shen’s translational research program has been funded by National Institutes of Health (NIH), USA to study impacts of green tea on osteoporosis. She has successfully translated her animal study results into human clinical trials. Her research and presentations are well received by funding agencies, national scientific societies, and public media. Her research on green tea and bone health in postmenopausal women was selected as a feature project by the NIH/NCCAM (National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine) in 2010, a translational research highlight by the American Society for Nutrition in 2011, and a keynote speaker for Fifth International Scientific Symposium on Tea & Human Health in 2012, and is now highlighted on over seven million websites including USA Today, NBC news, MSN, Detroit Free Press, Atlantic, Reuters, Yahoo, etc, as well as national magazines including Woman’s World, Eating Well, etc.

Dr. Shen has published 64 journal papers plus 4 journal articles under review, 3 book chapters, and made 60+ national and international conference/invited talks. She served on study sections for national, federal, private, and foreign funding agencies. She also served as an editorial board member of 9 journals in the area of nutrition and bone, and a reviewer for 70+ journals. She has become a fellow of United States Bone and Joint Decade in 2006 and received a Texas Tech System Chancellor’s Council Distinguished Research Award in 2011.

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