skip to content »

Children's Nutrition Research Center - Faculty

Houston, Texas

As a premier academic medical center, BCM accepts the mantle of leadership in patient care, research, and education.
Children's Nutrition Research Center - Faculty
not shown on screen

Miao-Hsueh Chen, Ph.D.

Miao-Hsueh Ashley Chen, Ph.D.Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine



Ph.D. – University of Texas at Austin, Texas
Postdoctoral training – Cardiovascular Research Institute, University of California, San Francisco, California

Research Interests

Dysregulation of developmentally expressed signaling pathways during fetal development, early childhood, or even adulthood can significantly contribute to the development of chronic diseases, such as heart disease, obesity, and type II diabetes. Our lab is currently investigating the role of one of these signaling pathways, the Hedgehog (Hh) signaling pathway, in the specification of adipose cell lineages in vertebrates. By using a combination of mouse genetic, molecular, and developmental biology, biochemical approaches, we hope to develop a broad understanding of the molecular mechanisms underlying adipose tissue formation.

Representative Publications

Chen M-H, Wilson CW, Li YJ, Lu C-S, Gacayan R, Zhang X, Hui C-C, Chuang P-T. (2009) Cilium independent regulation of Gli protein function by Sufu in Hedgehog signaling is evolutionarily conserved. Genes Dev. Aug 15;23(16):1910-28. PMCID: PMC2725943

Wilson CW, Chen M-H, Chuang P-T. (2009) Smoothened adopts multiple active and inactive conformations capable of trafficking to the primary cilium. PLoS ONE. 4(4):e5182. Epub 2009 April 13.

Wilson CW, Nguyen C, Chen M-H, Yang J-H, Gacayan R, Chen J-N, Chuang P-T. (2009) Fused has evolved divergent roles in vertebrate Hedgehog signaling and motile ciliogenesis. Nature. May 7;459(7243):98-102. Epub 2009 Mar 22. PMCID: PMC2664476

Corbit KC, Shyer AE, Dowdle WE, Gaulden J, Singla V, Chen M-H, Chuang P-T, Reiter JF. (2008) Kif3a constrains beta-catenin-independent Wnt signaling through dual ciliary and non-ciliary mechanisms. Nat Cell Biol. 10(1):70-6.

Chen M-H, Wilson CW, Chuang P-T. (2007) SnapShot: hedgehog signaling pathway. Cell. 130(2):386.

Mak KK, Chen M-H, Day TF, Chuang P-T*, Yang Y*. 2006. Wnt/ß-catenin signaling interacts differentially with Ihh signaling in controlling endochondral bone and synovial joint formation. Development. 133(18):3695-707. (*co-corresponding authors)

Chen M-H, Gao N, Kawakami T, Chuang P-T. (2005) The mouse Fused homolog is not essential for Hedgehog signaling during mammalian embryonic development. Mol Cell Biol. 25(16):7042-53. PMCID: PMC1190231

Chen M-H, Li YJ, Kawakami T, Xu SM, Chuang P-T. (2004) Palmitoylation is required for the production of a soluble multimeric hedgehog protein complex and long-range signaling in vertebrates. Genes Dev.18:641-659. PMCID: PMC387240

E-mail this page to a friend