Chen touts that collaborative environment on campus—not just with colleagues in other departments or colleges, but with vast research centres like the Canadian Light Source—as one of the many benefits of research work at the U of S.
"I like research collaborations," he told Bridges. "I find there’s a lot of fun there. I really like it.
"Without collaboration I don’t think I could achieve the things I have."
Since starting at the U of S in 2003, Chen has led an interdisciplinary team of researchers—spanning engineering and the health sciences—to develop advanced technologies in the field of artificial organ and tissue substitutes such as cartilage and spinal tissue.
Aside from being internationally renowned for his work in tissue engineering, Chen was also recently recognized by the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation.