Dr. Kong Chen is interested in the regulation of human energy balance in healthy and disease conditions.
Dr. Chen has focused in the measurements of energy metabolism using whole-room indirect calorimeters (respiration or metabolic chambers). Such systems can be coupled with movement and physiological sensors to provide a similar-to-free-living environment where a study subject or patient’s energy expenditure, substrate oxidation, physical activities, temperatures, and heart rate are accurately measured in a minute-by-minute basis up to 24 hours. Dr. Chen and his lab are also investigating the physiological regulations of energy metabolism in lean and obese individuals under different invrionmental conditions, as well as improving the technologies for measuring body composition and physical activity.
Some of his current projects include collaborations in the clinical studies which follow.