Minghao Zheng

Professor, MB BS Shantou, DM PhD W.Aust., FRCP, ARCPA

  • The University of Western Australia (M508), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Professor Minghao Zheng has made significant contributions in the understanding of fundamental bone biology and translating research into industry and commercialisation.

After studying medicine at Shantou University and Sun Yat-sen University of Medical Sciences in China, Professor Zheng came to The University of Western Australia in 1989, receiving a PhD in 1993 and Doctor of Medicine in 2000. He is fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists, UK and the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia. He is a member of Faculty 1000 Prime and Associate Editor of Stem Cell Research and Therapy.

Professor Zheng holds the position of Winthrop Professor of Orthopaedic Research at UWA. 

Professor Zheng's career has centred on bone and joint research and regenerative medicine. He pioneered the development of collagen scaffolds and cell therapy to treat cartilage, tendon and ligament injury, and is a global leader in regeneration of tendon and cartilage using a patient’s own stem cells. He developed the Matrix-induced Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation (MACI) cartilage repair protocol and Autologous Tenocyte Therapy (ATT) for tendon repair. His work on Giant Cell Tumour of bone is used by the World Health Organisation for the official classification of bone tumours. He has published over 250 papers and holds eight patented grants in Australia, USA, Japan, Singapore, Europe and China.

In addition to academic and university leadership roles, Professor Zheng is Co-Founder and Consultant Chief Scientific Officer of Orthocell Limited (ASX:OCC), a biomedical healthcare company.


Molecular and cellular biology of the osteoclast, with focus on interacellular vesicle trafficking and V-ATPase;
Clinical trials and laboratory evaluation of cellular therapies in orthopaedics;
Human bone allograft –validation and process characterisation;
Development of cell-scaffold technology for cartilage, tendon and bone regeneration
Development of bioreactors for mechanical sense tissues

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 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

Research expertise keywords

  • Biotherapeutics
  • Bone cell biology
  • Tissue engineering
  • Bone tumour pathology
  • Cell therapy
  • Regenerative medicine


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