In order to foster the promotion of pre-tenured faculty across the University of California (UC) system and to foster inter-UC-Campus activities, the Bioengineering Institute of California (BIC) organizes the annual UC Systemwide Bioengineering Symposium to select a pre-tenured UC Bioengineering faculty who demonstrates outstanding scholarly achievement to grant the Shu Chien Early Career Award. Prof. Jun Chen attended the 23rd Annual Systemwide Bioengineering Symposium (BIC 2023), which was held at UC Berkeley this year, Jun. 22-23, 2023. He gave the Shu Chien Early Career Award Nominee Lectures and finally won the 2023 Shu Chien Early Career Award.  

Prof. Jun Chen’s current research is focused on soft bioelectronics and smart textiles for energy, sensing, and therapeutic applications. With a current h-index of 100, Prof. Chen was identified to be one of the world’s most influential researchers in the field of Materials Science in Web of Science. Beyond research, he is an associate editor of Biosensors & Bioelectronics, Med-X, Textiles, and VIEW Medicine, Advisory/ Editorial Board Members of Matter, Cell Reports Physical Science, Nano-Micro Letters, Materials Today Energy, Nano Trends, Biomedical Technology, and The Innovation. Among his many accolades are the V. M. Watanabe Excellence in Research Award, UCLA Faculty Mentor Award, UCLA Society of Hellman Fellows Award, Georgia Tech Alumni 40 Under 40, Shu Chien Early Career Award, AHA’s Second Century Early Faculty Independence Award, AHA Transformational Project Award, AHA Innovative Project Award, NIH UCLA CTSI KL2 Translational Science Award, BBRF Young Investigator Award, ACS PMSE Young Investigator Award, Okawa Foundation Research Award, Advanced Materials Rising Star, Materials Today Rising Star Award, ACS Nano Rising Stars Lectureship Award, Chem. Soc. Rev. Emerging Investigator Award, Nano Research Young Innovator Award, Highly Cited Researchers 2019/2020/2021/2022 in Web of Science, among others.