Mai-Lei Chen

Dr. Mai-Lei Chen, Ph.D.


1 University Circle
307 Currens Hall
Macomb, IL 61455

Work: (309) 298-2578
Fax: (309) 298-2180



Ph.D in Physiology and Pharmacology, University of Southampton, UK
M.Sc. in Pharmacology, Institute of Pharmacology, Medical College, National Taiwan University, Taiwan
B.Sc. in Pharmacy from the Pharmacy School, Taipei Medical University, Taiwan

Office Hours

Appointments/or Skype by email in advance.

Online virtual office hours: In order to foster a sense of community, I will be available via online chat, either video or voice, by Skype (Skype account: mlchen1000). Please email me to schedule a time to Skype.

Teaching Areas

  • CHEM 101 Principles of Chemistry I
  • CHEM 101 Principles of Chemistry I
  • CHEM 114 Chemistry of Health
  • CHEM 114 Chemistry of Health

Research Interests

For my Ph.D., I synthesized peptides and studied their mechanisms of action on the neurons of snails, Helix Aspersa, by using electrophysiological methods. After receiving my Ph.D., I went to the University of Iowa as a postdoctoral research associate. My postdoctoral research focused on studying potassium channel interaction in fruit flies, Drosophila melanogaster, by using molecular, biological and electrophysiological approaches. I enjoy teaching very much; it is nice to see my students learn something from my classes. In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, photography, origami and Chinese dance.