Ru Chen is currently an assistant researcher at the University of California, Los Angeles ( She was a postdoctoral scholar in the Oceans and Atmospheres Section at Scripps Institution of Oceanography during 2013-June, 2017. She received a Ph.D. in physical oceanography from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)–Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) Joint Program in 2013, and a B.S. in marine science from Ocean University of China.

As a physical oceanographer, she explores how the ocean works and interacts with other components of the climate system. Her current specific research areas include stirring and mixing, mesoscale and submesoscale processes, jets, global energy cycle, and fundamental geophysical fluid dynamics. She also evaluates the effect of atmospheric forcing resolution on model fidelity and examines air-sea interaction process in the tropical region.

Her main research tools include realistic and idealized models, new theory formulations and satellite observations. The models she recently employ include the Regional Ocean Modeling System (ROMS),  Parallel Ocean Program (POP) Model with numerical floats,   Estimating the Circulation and Climate of the Ocean, Phase II (ECCO2) State Estimate, and idealized models (e.g. analytical or quasi-geostrophic ones).