Dr Kevin Chen

Research Fellow

Institute for Molecular Bioscience

Overview

Dr Chen’s research aims to understand the molecular details of how phosphatases, kinases and their associated proteins regulate cell signaling and homeostasis.

In 2011, Dr Chen completed his PhD on structural studies of macrophage proteins in Professor Jennifer Martin’s laboratory at The University of Queensland’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience.

In 2012, Dr Chen secured a postdoctoral research position at Academia Sinica (Taipei, Taiwan) to work on the molecular insights of phosphatases and kinases interaction using the combination of X-ray crystallography, small-angle X-ray scattering and chemical cross-linking coupled with mass spectrometry.

In 2015, he also received the Outstanding Young Postdoctoral Research Award from the Biophysics Society of Republic of China (Taiwan).

In June 2016, Dr Chen joined Associate Professor Brett Collins’ group at IMB, where he is working to understand how lipid kinases and lipid-binding proteins are involved in the regulation of cellular membrane transport.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Master of Biotechnology, Queensland University of Technology
  • Bachelor of Biotechnology Innovation, Queensland University of Technology

Publications

  • Healy, Michael D., McNally, Kerrie E., Butkovič, Rebeka, Chilton, Molly, Kato, Kohji, Sacharz, Joanna, McConville, Calum, Moody, Edmund R. R., Shaw, Shrestha, Planelles-Herrero, Vicente J., Yadav, Sathish K. N., Ross, Jennifer, Borucu, Ufuk, Palmer, Catherine S., Chen, Kai-En, Croll, Tristan I., Hall, Ryan J., Caruana, Nikeisha J., Ghai, Rajesh, Nguyen, Thi H. D., Heesom, Kate J., Saitoh, Shinji, Berger, Imre, Schaffitzel, Christiane, Williams, Tom A., Stroud, David A., Derivery, Emmanuel, Collins, Brett M. and Cullen, Peter J. (2023). Structure of the endosomal Commander complex linked to Ritscher-Schinzel syndrome. Cell, 186 (10), 2219-2237.e29. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2023.04.003

  • Simonetti, Boris, Guo, Qian, Giménez-Andrés, Manuel, Chen, Kai-En, Moody, Edmund R. R., Evans, Ashley J., Chandra, Mintu, Danson, Chris M., Williams, Tom A., Collins, Brett M. and Cullen, Peter J. (2022). SNX27–Retromer directly binds ESCPE-1 to transfer cargo proteins during endosomal recycling. PLoS Biology, 20 (4) e3001601, e3001601. doi: 10.1371/journal.pbio.3001601

  • Wu, Yue, Cui, Zhenling, Huang, Yen-Hua, de Veer, Simon J., Aralov, Andrey V., Guo, Zhong, Moradi, Shayli V., Hinton, Alexandra O., Deuis, Jennifer R., Guo, Shaodong, Chen, Kai-En, Collins, Brett M., Vetter, Irina, Herzig, Volker, Jones, Alun, Cooper, Matthew A., King, Glenn F., Craik, David J., Alexandrov, Kirill and Mureev, Sergey (2022). Towards a generic prototyping approach for therapeutically-relevant peptides and proteins in a cell-free translation system. Nature Communications, 13 (1) 260, 260. doi: 10.1038/s41467-021-27854-9

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Publications

Journal Article

  • Healy, Michael D., McNally, Kerrie E., Butkovič, Rebeka, Chilton, Molly, Kato, Kohji, Sacharz, Joanna, McConville, Calum, Moody, Edmund R. R., Shaw, Shrestha, Planelles-Herrero, Vicente J., Yadav, Sathish K. N., Ross, Jennifer, Borucu, Ufuk, Palmer, Catherine S., Chen, Kai-En, Croll, Tristan I., Hall, Ryan J., Caruana, Nikeisha J., Ghai, Rajesh, Nguyen, Thi H. D., Heesom, Kate J., Saitoh, Shinji, Berger, Imre, Schaffitzel, Christiane, Williams, Tom A., Stroud, David A., Derivery, Emmanuel, Collins, Brett M. and Cullen, Peter J. (2023). Structure of the endosomal Commander complex linked to Ritscher-Schinzel syndrome. Cell, 186 (10), 2219-2237.e29. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2023.04.003

  • Simonetti, Boris, Guo, Qian, Giménez-Andrés, Manuel, Chen, Kai-En, Moody, Edmund R. R., Evans, Ashley J., Chandra, Mintu, Danson, Chris M., Williams, Tom A., Collins, Brett M. and Cullen, Peter J. (2022). SNX27–Retromer directly binds ESCPE-1 to transfer cargo proteins during endosomal recycling. PLoS Biology, 20 (4) e3001601, e3001601. doi: 10.1371/journal.pbio.3001601

  • Wu, Yue, Cui, Zhenling, Huang, Yen-Hua, de Veer, Simon J., Aralov, Andrey V., Guo, Zhong, Moradi, Shayli V., Hinton, Alexandra O., Deuis, Jennifer R., Guo, Shaodong, Chen, Kai-En, Collins, Brett M., Vetter, Irina, Herzig, Volker, Jones, Alun, Cooper, Matthew A., King, Glenn F., Craik, David J., Alexandrov, Kirill and Mureev, Sergey (2022). Towards a generic prototyping approach for therapeutically-relevant peptides and proteins in a cell-free translation system. Nature Communications, 13 (1) 260, 260. doi: 10.1038/s41467-021-27854-9

  • Chen, Kai-En, Guo, Qian, Hill, Timothy A., Cui, Yi, Kendall, Amy K., Yang, Zhe, Hall, Ryan J., Healy, Michael D., Sacharz, Joanna, Norwood, Suzanne J., Fonseka, Sachini, Xie, Boyang, Reid, Robert C., Leneva, Natalya, Parton, Robert G., Ghai, Rajesh, Stroud, David A., Fairlie, David P, Suga, Hiroaki, Jackson, Lauren P., Teasdale, Rohan D., Passioura, Toby and Collins, Brett M. (2021). De novo macrocyclic peptides for inhibiting, stabilizing, and probing the function of the retromer endosomal trafficking complex. Science Advances, 7 (49) eabg4007, eabg4007. doi: 10.1126/sciadv.abg4007

  • Sharma, Gagan, Braga, Carolyne B., Chen, Kai-En, Jia, Xinying, Ramanujam, Venkatraman, Collins, Brett M., Rittner, Roberto and Mobli, Mehdi (2021). Structural basis for the binding of the cancer targeting scorpion toxin, ClTx, to the vascular endothelia growth factor receptor neuropilin-1. Current Research in Structural Biology, 3, 179-186. doi: 10.1016/j.crstbi.2021.07.003

  • Peleg, Yoav, Vincentelli, Renaud, Collins, Brett M., Chen, Kai-En, Livingstone, Emma K., Weeratunga, Saroja, Leneva, Natalya, Guo, Qian, Remans, Kim, Perez, Kathryn, Bjerga, Gro E K, Larsen, Øivind, Vaněk, Ondřej, Skořepa, Ondřej, Jacquemin, Sophie, Poterszman, Arnaud, Kjær, Svend, Christodoulou, Evangelos, Albeck, Shira, Dym, Orly, Ainbinder, Elena, Unger, Tamar, Schuetz, Anja, Matthes, Susann, Bader, Michael, de Marco, Ario, Storici, Paola, Semrau, Marta S., Stolt-Bergner, Peggy ... Fleishman, Sarel J. (2021). Community-wide experimental evaluation of the PROSS stability-design method. Journal of Molecular Biology, 433 (13) 166964, 166964. doi: 10.1016/j.jmb.2021.166964

  • Daly, James L., Simonetti, Boris, Klein, Katja, Chen, Kai-En, Williamson, Maia Kavanagh, Antón-Plágaro, Carlos, Shoemark, Deborah K., Simón-Gracia, Lorena, Bauer, Michael, Hollandi, Reka, Greber, Urs F., Horvath, Peter, Sessions, Richard B., Helenius, Ari, Hiscox, Julian A., Teesalu, Tambet, Matthews, David A., Davidson, Andrew D., Collins, Brett M., Cullen, Peter J. and Yamauchi, Yohei (2020). Neuropilin-1 is a host factor for SARS-CoV-2 infection. Science, 370 (6518), 861-865. doi: 10.1126/science.abd3072

  • Ugrankar, Rupali, Bowerman, Jade, Hariri, Hanaa, Chandra, Mintu, Chen, Kevin, Bossanyi, Marie-France, Datta, Sanchari, Rogers, Sean, Eckert, Kaitlyn M., Vale, Gonçalo, Victoria, Alexia, Fresquez, Joseph, McDonald, Jeffrey G., Jean, Steve, Collins, Brett M. and Henne, W. Mike (2019). Drosophila snazarus regulates a lipid droplet population at plasma membrane-droplet contacts in adipocytes. Developmental Cell, 50 (5), 557-572.e5. doi: 10.1016/j.devcel.2019.07.021

  • Chen, Kai‐En, Healy, Michael D. and Collins, Brett M. (2019). Towards a molecular understanding of endosomal trafficking by Retromer and Retriever. Traffic, 20 (7) tra.12649, 465-478. doi: 10.1111/tra.12649

  • Chandra, Mintu, Chin, Yanni K.-Y., Mas, Caroline, Feathers, J. Ryan, Paul, Blessy, Datta, Sanchari, Chen, Kai-En, Jia, Xinying, Yang, Zhe, Norwood, Suzanne J., Mohanty, Biswaranjan, Bugarcic, Andrea, Teasdale, Rohan D., Henne, W. Mike, Mobli, Mehdi and Collins, Brett M. (2019). Classification of the human phox homology (PX) domains based on their phosphoinositide binding specificities. Nature Communications, 10 (1) 1528, 1528. doi: 10.1038/s41467-019-09355-y

  • Chen, Kai-En, Tillu, Vikas A., Chandra, Mintu and Collins, Brett M. (2018). Molecular basis for membrane recruitment by the PX and C2 domains of Class II Phosphoinositide 3-Kinase-C2α. Structure, 26 (12), 1612-1625.e4. doi: 10.1016/j.str.2018.08.010

  • Healy, Michael D., Hospenthal, Manuela K., Hall, Ryan J., Chandra, Mintu, Chilton, Molly, Tillu, Vikas, Chen, Kai-En, Celligoi, Dion J., McDonald, Fiona J., Cullen, Peter J., Lott, J. Shaun, Collins, Brett M. and Ghai, Rajesh (2018). Structural insights into the architecture and membrane interactions of the conserved COMMD proteins. eLife, 7 e35898. doi: 10.7554/elife.35898

  • Chen, Kai-En, Li, Meng-Yen, Chou, Chia-Cheng, Ho, Meng-Ru, Chen, Guang-Chao, Meng, Tzu-Ching and Wang, Andrew H. -J. (2015). Substrate specificity and plasticity of FERM-containing protein tyrosine phosphatases. Structure, 23 (4), 653-664. doi: 10.1016/j.str.2015.01.017

  • Chen, Kai-En, Lin, Shu-Yu, Wu, Mei-Ju, Ho, Meng-Ru, Santhanam, Abirami, Chou, Chia-Cheng, Meng, Tzu-Ching and Wang, Andrew H. -J. (2014). Reciprocal allosteric regulation of p38γ and PTPN3 involves a PDZ domain-modulated complex formation. Science Signaling, 7 (347), ra98-ra98. doi: 10.1126/scisignal.2005722

  • Meng, Tzu-Ching, Chen, Kai-En, Wang, Andrew H.-J. and Van Hook, Annalisa M. (2014). Science signaling podcast: 14 October 2014. Science Signaling, 7 (347), pc28-pc28. doi: 10.1126/scisignal.2005939

  • Chen, Kai-En, Richards, Ayanthi A., Caradoc-Davies, Tom T., Vajjhala, Parimala R., Robin, Gautier, Lua, Linda H. L., Hill, Justine M., Schroder, Kate, Sweet, Matthew J., Kellie, Stuart, Kobe, Bostjan and Martin, Jennifer (2013). The structure of the caspase recruitment domain of BinCARD reveals that all three cysteines can be oxidized. Acta Crystallographica Section D: Biological Crystallography, 69 (5), 774-784. doi: 10.1107/S0907444913001558

  • Walden, Patricia M., Heras, Begona, Chen, Kai-En, Halili, Maria A., Rimmer, Kieran, Sharma, Pooja, Scanlon, Martin J. and Martin, Jennifer L. (2012). The 1.2 A resolution crystal structure of TcpG, the Vibrio cholerae DsbA disulfide-forming protein required for pilus and cholera-toxin production. Acta Crystallographica Section D-Biological Crystallography, 68 (10), 1290-1302. doi: 10.1107/S0907444912026388

  • Christie, Michelle P., Whitten, Andrew E., King, Gordon J., Hu, Shu-Hong, Jarrott, Russell J., Chen, Kai-En, Duff, Anthony P., Callow, Philip, Collins, Brett M., James, David E. and Martin, Jennifer L. (2012). Low-resolution solution structures of Munc18: Syntaxin protein complexes indicate an open binding mode driven by the Syntaxin N-peptide. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 109 (25), 9816-9821. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1116975109

  • Chen, Kai-En, Richards, Ayanthi A., Arrifin, Juliana K., Ross, Ian L., Sweet, Matthew J., Kellie, Stuart, Kobe, Bostjan and Martin, Jennifer L. (2012). The mammalian DUF59 protein Fam96a forms two distinct types of domain-swapped dimer. Acta Crystallographica Section D: Biological Crystallography, 68 (6), 637-648. doi: 10.1107/S0907444912006592

  • Mas, Caroline, Chen, Kai-En, Brereton, Ian M., Martin, Jennifer L. and Hill, Justine M. (2012). Backbone resonance assignments of the monomeric DUF59 domain of human Fam96a. Biomolecular NMR Assignments, 7 (2), 117-120. doi: 10.1007/s12104-012-9390-1

  • King, Gordon J., Chen, Kai-En, Robin, Gautier, Forwood, Jade K., Heras, Begoña, Thakur, Anil S., Kobe, Bostjan, Blomberg, Simon P. and Martin, Jennifer L. (2009). Interaction between plate make and protein in protein crystallisation screening. PLoS One, 4 (11) e7851, x-x. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0007851

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Completed Supervision