Dr Chen is a nutritional and life course epidemiologist with a passion for disease prevention. His research revolves around the influence of early life nutrition on offspring birth and later health outcomes such as overweight and obesity. With a primary degree in Life Sciences (1st class honour; specialized in Biomedical Science) and a direct PhD in Nutritional Epidemiology, he excels in clinical and epidemiological research. He is particularly interested in the Developmental Origin of Health and Diseases (DOHaD) theory, sometimes called the 'Barker's hypothesis'. He believes that a healthy start in life can positively influence population health trajectories and should be incorporated as a complementary strategy to battle the increasing burden of non-communicable chronic diseases such as cardiovascular diseases. Dr Chen has comprehensive knowledge of epidemiology, human nutrition (dietary patterns, micronutrients, macronutrients, specific dietary factors such as caffeine), statistical modeling, and child growth and body composition. He is also proficient in the conduct of meta-analysis as an efficient way to critically and systematically summarize evidence.