I am currently designing and building a two-photon microscope capable of imaging large volumes of fixed tissue (as large as 1 cubic-cm) with sub-micron resolution. This novel technology will be used to understand how cells form tissue at large scales in 3D.
As part of this project, I am establishing a new advanced microscopy lab at the MPI-CBG
Morales et. al., A versatile pipeline for the multi-scale digital reconstruction and quantitative analysis of 3D tissue architecture, eLife
2015 to present - Postdoctoral researcher at the Myers Lab, Max Planck Institute for Cell Biology and Genetics
2015 - Ph.D. in Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Dissertation: "Strongly correlated dynamics of ultracold atoms in optical lattices". Adviser: Prof. Brian DeMarco
2007 - B.S. in E.E., University of Chile. Dissertation: "Surface characterization of thin gold films via scanning tunneling microscopy". Adviser: Prof. Raul Munoz
2007 - B.S. in Physics, University of Chile
 D. Chen, C. Meldgin, P. Russ, B. DeMarco, and E. Mueller. "Disappearance of quasiparticles in a Bose lattice gas", Phys. Rev. A, A 94, 021601(R) (2016)
 C. Meldgin, U. Ray, P. Russ, D. Chen, D. Ceperley, and B. DeMarco. "Probing the Bose glass-superfluid transition using quantum quenches of disorder", Nature Physics 12, 646–649 (2016)
 D. Chen, C. Meldgin, and B. DeMarco. "Bath-induced band decay of a Hubbard lattice gas", Phys. Rev. A 90, 013602 (2014)
 D. McKay, C. Meldgin, D. Chen, and B. DeMarco. "Slow thermalization between a lattice and free bose gas", Phys. Rev. Lett. 111, 063002 (2013)
 D. Chen, M. White, C. Borries, and B. DeMarco. "Quantum Quench of an Atomic Mott Insulator", Phys. Rev. Lett. 106, 235304 (2011)
 R. Munoz, J. García, R. Henríquez, A. Moncada, A. Espinosa, M. Robles, G. Kremer, L. Moraga, S. Cancino, J. Morales, A. Ramírez, S. Oyarzún, M. Antonio Suárez, D. Chen, E. Zumelzu, and C. Lizama. "Hall effect induced by electron-surface scattering on thin gold films deposited onto mica substrates under high vacuum", Phys. Rev. Lett. 96, 206803 (2006)
During my Ph.D. studies, I employed quantum gases to investigate strongly correlated systems [2-6], the understanding of which represents one of the greatest challenges in condensed matter physics today. In particular, I used electro-optical and magneto-optical techniques to trap, cool, and manipulate ultracold atomic gases with extremely high precision. My work led to the first observation of quantum defect generation in a lattice-potential quench , the first demonstration of quasimomentum-selective stimulated Raman excitation [4,6], and the development and first demonstration of quasimomentum cooling  – a novel technique that may pave the way to realization of exotic quantum states.
For my B.S. dissertation, I studied the effects of electronic surface-scattering in metals. Specifically, I used scanning-tunneling microscopy to measure, analyze, and characterize the surface of thin conductive films .