Aoju Chen received her MA degree (Cum Laude) in English Literature and Linguistics from Radboud University Nijmegen in 1999. She became a junior researcher at Radboud University Nijmegen in 2000, spent a year as a visiting researcher at Edinburgh University between 2002 and 2003, and obtained her PhD degree in linguistics in 2005. She was then offered a scientific staff member position in the Department of Language Acquisition at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics and has worked there for five years (2005-2010). In 2010, she was awarded a prestigious VIDI grant by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). This grant allowed her to set up her own research group. She and her team have studied the developmental path to adult-like competence in using prosody to structure information across languages, how and why children acquiring the same language differ from each other in this process (2011-2016). She took up a tenured position in the Department of Languages, Literature and Communication (division – English Language and Culture) at Utrecht University in 2011. She is currently professor of Language Development in relation to Socialisation and Identity, a principle investigator in Utrecht University' strategic theme 'Dynamics of Youth', and a principle investigator in Utrecht Graduate School of Life Sciences – Master Program in Neuroscience & Cognition.