Wei-Jung A. Chen, Ph.D.

Wei-Jung A. Chen, Ph.D.

Professor, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Curriculum Management

Assistant Dean for Student Affairs - Temple Campus

Department of Neuroscience and Experimental Therapeutics, Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience (TAMU/TAMHSC)
8447 Riverside Pkwy
4100 MREB / 3058 HPEB
Bryan, TX   77807-3260

Phone: 979-436-0333
Fax: 979-436-0086


  • Ph.D., Psychobiology/Neuroscience, State University of New York (1992)
  • Postdoctoral Associate, Neuroanatomy, University of Iowa
  • Research Scientist, Neurotoxicology/Neuroanatomy,Texas A&M University

Research Interests

Effects of substance abuse (alcohol, cocaine, nicotine, etc.) on the developing brain; Polydrug interactions on brain and cognitive developments; Fetal alcohol syndrome; Use of 3-dimensional stereological cell counting techniques, immunohistochemistry, radioimmunoassay, high-performance liquid chromatograph, gas chromatograph and behavioral assessments in animal models such as rodent, ovine and zebrafish.

I participate in graduate training as a member of the faculty in the Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience.

Selected Publications

  • Everett. W.N., Chern, C., Sun, D., McMahon, R.E., Zhang, X, Chen, W.-J.A., Hahn, M.S., Sue, H.-J. (2014) Phosphate-enhanced cytotoxicity of zinc oxide nanoparticles and agglomerates. Toxicology Letters, 225:177-184.
  • Sawant O.B., Lunde E.R., Washburn S.E., Chen W-J.A., Goodlett C.R., Cudd T.A. (2013) Different patterns of regional Purkinje cell loss in the cerebellar vermis as a function of the timing of prenatal ethanol exposure in an ovine model. Neurotoxicology & Teratology, 35:7-13.
  • Washburn, S.E., Tress, U., Lunde, E.R., Chen, W-J.A., & Cudd, T.A. (2013) The role of cortisol in chronic binge alcohol-induced cerebellar injury: Ovine model, Alcohol, 47:53-61.
  • Pappalardo-Carter, D.L., Balaraman, S., Sathyan, P., Carter, E.S., Chen, W-J.A. & Miranda, R.C. (2013) Suppression and epigenetic regulation of miR-9 contributes to ethanol teratology: Evidence from zebrafish and murine fetal neural stem cell models. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 37:1657-1667.
  • Maier, S.E., Chen, W.-J.A. (2011). The timing of alcohol consumption during pregnancy and fetal alcohol-induced brain damage. In Joshua D. Hoffman (Ed.). Pregnancy and Alcohol Consumption. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers, Inc. p.225-244.
  • Chen, W-J.A. & Maier, S.E. (2011). Combination Drug Use and Risk for Fetal Harm. Alcohol Research & Health, 34:27-28.
  • Smith, A.M., & Chen, W-J.A. (2010). Amphetamine treatment during early postnatal development transiently restricts somatic growth, Life Sciences, 86:482-487, NIHMS ID:179397.
  • Smith, A.M., & Chen, W-J.A. (2009). Neonatal amphetamine exposure and hippocampus-mediated behaviors. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 91:27-217.