Dr. Ying-Fu Chen was born in Changhua, Taiwan, in 1946. He received an MD degree from Kaohsiung Medical College, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, in 1973, and a PhD degree from Graduate Institute of Medicine, Kaohsiung Medical University, in 1992. In 1983, Dr. Chen was a clinical fellow at the Heart Institute of Japan, Tokyo Women Medical University in 1983, before moving to Durham, North Carolina in 1985, where he worked as a research fellow at the Duke University Medical Center. He was appointed Professor of Surgery at the Kaohsiung Medical University in 1992, and is currently appointed Professor of Graduate Institute of Medicine as well, also at the Kaohsiung Medical University. His main research interests include stem cells and inflammation in basic studies, and thoracic aorta aneurysms/dissections in clinical fields. He has served as an editor of 2 books and is also an editorial member of several national and international journals. Currently, he also serves as a managing editor of Frontiers of Bioscience.