Assoc. Prof Zhen Li obtained her bachelor degree in Bioengineering at Chu Kechen Honors College, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China. She then carried out her doctoral thesis at the AO Research Institute Davos (ARI) and Zhejiang University in the field of cartilage tissue engineering between 2005-2010. From 2010-2011 she worked as an assistant professor at School of Medicine, Shandong University in China.
In 2011 she returned to ARI for research on intervertebral disc regenerative medicine and has become a Senior Research Scientist since 2018. In 2015 she took a visiting scholarship at Tokai University School of Medicine in Japan. In 2017 she was appointed as guest professor at the medical school, Shenzhen University, China.
Her research interest is intervertebral disc and cartilage tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. She is the author of over 30 scientific papers and book chapters.
She has received various funding including from SNSF-SSSTC, the German Spine Society, SET Foundation, AOSpine, and NSFC. She has supervised more than 20 research fellows, postgraduate students, and post-doctoral students.
She is a panel member of the eCM Journal International Review Panel, committee member of the European Development Committee Member of International Chinese Musculoskeletal Research Society, and a member of TERMIS, ORS, and AOSpine.