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 AO Research Institute Davos (ARI) and Zhejiang University in the field of cartilage tissue engineering between 2005-2010. In 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 cartilage and intervertebral disc tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. She is the author of over 40 scientific papers and book chapters.
She has received various funding from SNSF-SSSTC, German Spine Society, SET Foundation, German Arthritis Foundation, AOSpine, NSFC, etc. She has supervised more than 25 MD research fellows, graduate and postgraduate students, and post-doctoral researchers.
She is an eCM Journal International Review Panel Member, JOR Spine Advisory Review Board Member, ORS Spine Section Board Member, European Development Committee Member of International Chinese Musculoskeletal Research Society (ICMRS), and a member of TERMIS, ORS and AOSpine.