About Lily Chen






BiologyCollege of Science and Engineering


Hensill Hall (HH)


Office Hours (Additional Info): 

By appointments only (email lilychen@sfsu.edu)


At SF State Since:



Dr. Lily Chen received a Ph.D. in Microbiology from the State University of New York School of Medicine in Buffalo in 1991.  She was a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA (1991-1993). From 1993-1995, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the Gladstone Institute of Virology and Immunology at the University of California, San Francisco.  Dr. Chen was an Assistant Professor and faculty member of the Graduate College at the University of Vermont in Burlington-VT before joined the SF State as a faculty member in the Center for Biomedical Laboratory Science (CBLS) in 1998. 

Dr. Chen served as the Coordinator of the Master's in Biomedical Laboratory Science degree program (2006-2011). She is currently a Professor in Biology and Director of San Francisco State's Professional Science Master’s program (Master of Science in Biomedical Science, Concentrations in Biotechnology and Stem Cell Science). She was the principal investigator of the National Science Foundation Science Master's program (2010-2013) and an Academic Senate representive from College of Science and Engineering (2012-2014). Dr. Chen teaches undergraduate microbiology courses and master's curriculum in biotechnology and stem cell science. Her research focuses on microbial gene regulation, pathogenesis and drug resistant mechanisms as well as public health outreach and science education.