Chiacchia was born in Hackensack, NJ. He earned a PhD in biochemistry, Harvard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in 1991. He has been published in four different genres: Science Fiction, Medical Writing, Search and Rescue Science, and Journalism. Ken began his career as a medical science writer at Harvard Medical School in 1993. Currently he is a medical science writer and editor at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Chiacchia is a member of both the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and the National Association of Science Writers. He has been a news reporter for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's North Hills section with over 50 published stories. Ken had a recent story that was the cover page article for the Pittsburgh City Paper .
He is also a dog handler in Allegheny Mountain Rescue Group, a Pittsburgh-based volunteer organization that assists authorities in civilian lost-person searches. His work has been noted in local newspapers. He has written on the science of olfaction for search and rescue workers. In 1993, Chiacchia joined the Pittsburgh Worldwrights Writers' Workshop founded by Pittsburgh science-fiction and fantasy writer Mary Soon Lee and continued by Pittsburgh author Barton Paul Levenson and others. Chiacchia won the 2008 Carnegie Science Center Journalism Award.
Chiacchia KB. Quantitation of the class I disulfides of the insulin receptor. [Journal Article. Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.] Biochemical & Biophysical Research Communications. 176(3):1178-82, 1991 May 15. UI: 2039503
Chiacchia KB. Reoxidation of the class I disulfides of the rat adipocyte insulin receptor is dependent upon the presence of insulin: the class I disulfide of the insulin receptor is extracellular. [In Vitro. Journal Article. Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.] Biochemistry. 27(13):4894-902, 1988 Jun 28. UI: 3048393
Chiacchia KB. Drickamer K. Direct evidence for the transmembrane orientation of the hepatic glycoprotein receptors. [Journal Article. Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't. Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.] Journal of Biological Chemistry. 259(24):15440-6, 1984 Dec 25. UI: 6150936