Kai Chen


  • The University of Western Australia (M313), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Dr Kai Chen is currently a Research Associate at the School of Molecular Sciences, UWA. He finished his medical and orthopaedic surgery training in China (2007 - 2015). Supported by Australian Government International Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarships, he completed his PhD studies (2019) in Bone Biology under the supervision of Winthrop/Prof Jiake Xu, A/Prof Nathan Pavlos, and Dr Jennifer Tickner at UWA.

His current research interests include nutrient metabolism in the bone, angiogenesis and bone repair,  the pathogenesis of bone disorders such as ageing- and estrogen deficiency-induced osteoporosis. Dr Chen has recently developed a first-of-its-kind approach, based on ion microscopy, to achieve the metabolic imaging of single bone cells at the nanoscale. By using a stable isotope-labelled tracer, Dr Chen is interested to advance the understanding of bone collagen turnover and drug transport in the bone. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Education/Academic qualification

Bone biology, PhD, The University of Western Australia

14 Mar 201614 Nov 2019

Award Date: 14 Nov 2019

Orthopaedic Surgery, Master degree, Wenzhou Medical University

Sep 2012Jun 2015

Award Date: 30 Jun 2015

Medicine, Bachelor of Medicine, Wenzhou Medical University

Sep 2007Jun 2012

Award Date: 15 Jun 2012

External positions

Resident Doctor, Wenzhou Medical University

Jul 2015Mar 2016


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