Oliver Chen
Associate Professor

  • Director, Antioxidants Research Laboratory, HNRCA

Dr. Oliver Chen is the Director of the Antioxidants Research Laboratory at the JM USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging and an Associate Professor in the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. His research efforts are directed at elucidating health benefits of phytochemicals, as well as functional foods with the whole food concept that the maximum health benefit is produced when all nutrients in a given food are acting in a synergistic/additive manner. The scope of his work includes characterizing phytochemicals and investigating their bioavailability, metabolism, and mechanism of actions by which they modulate blood glucose and inflammation and enhance antioxidant defenses against free radicals. Further, he is interested in exploring the interrelationship between flavonoids and gut bacteria in colonic health. He has published more than 81 scientific articles and serves on the editorial boards of several scientific journals. He was selected to receive the 2012 Mary Swartz Rose Young Investigator Award, sponsored by the American Society for Nutrition. He is a member of the American Society for Nutrition and American Chemical Society. He has served as a member of an expert panel to review the Nutritional Sustainment of Military Operational Health Program and has been an ad hoc reviewer for more than 40 scientific journals. 


  • Ph.D., 2001, Human Nutrition and Exercise, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • M.S., 1995, Animal Science, Colorado State University
  • B.S., 1991, Animal Science, National Taiwan University

Research Activities

Health benefits of phytochemicals and functional foods and beverages in metabolic disorders; pharmacokinetics of phytochemicals; Phase II enzyme mediated polyphenol metabolism; reciprocal interaction between polyphenols and microbiome.

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