Michael Chen enters his first season as a volunteer assistant coach of the UCLA women's rowing team. Chen, a recent undergraduate of UC Irvine, came to UCLA after being accepted to the David Geffen School of Medicine.
Chen gained some coaching experience last summer working at a week-long rowing camp in Irvine.
Chen rowed four years for the UC Irvine men's crew team. He was coached by Dan Emrich and Duvall Hecht, an Olympic gold medalist in the pair. During that time, he raced in various pair, second novice eight, novice four, second varsity eight, varsity four, and varsity eight events. In 2003, Chen raced in UC Irvine's second varsity eight that was victorious at the Newport Regatta and earned a silver medal at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association championships.
Chen, from Thousand Oaks, is currently in his first year of medical school at UCLA. He graduated with honors from UC Irvine in June of 2003, receiving his B.S. in Neurobiology. During his undergraduate career, he had extensive experience in research, working two years at Neotherapeutics, now Spectrum Pharmaceuticals, a pharmaceutical company in Irvine.
Chen also received a one-year National Institute of Health research fellowship for schizophrenia research during his 2002-03 academic year. In addition, he has had various volunteer clinical experience and teaching and tutoring experience.