Kellen Chen

Kellen Chen

Assistant Research Professor, Surgery
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(520) 626-5555

Work Summary

I am an Assistant Research Professor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. I was previously a Postdoctoral Scholar in Dr. Geoffrey C. Gurtner’s laboratory at Stanford University School of Medicine, Department of Surgery, and I previously earned a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Virginia and a BS in Bioengineering at the University of California, Berkeley. I am highly interested in using my biomedical research and engineering skills to help develop and translate technology to the patient bedside and clinic. I studied and developed therapies to combat scar formation during wound healing or fibrous capsule formation during foreign body reaction (FBR) against biomedical implants. I have studied several translational preclinical animal models of scar healing after both open wound healing and after split thickness skin grafting. These studies have been published in high impact journals such as Nature Communications and Science Translational Medicine. At the University of Arizona, I am co-directing the research lab with Dr. Gurtner, in which we are continuing all of our previous research from Stanford here in Arizona.

Research Interest

Kellen Chen, PhD, is an assistant research professor in the Department of Surgery and Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Arizona, College of Medicine – Tucson. Dr. Chen recently completed his postdoctoral research fellowship at Stanford University. He also previously received his PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Virginia and earned his B.S. in Bioengineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. Chen co-directs the lab of Department of Surgery Chair Geoffrey Gurtner, MD, FACS. Together, they are currently studying therapies to improve outcomes after injury, skin grafting, chronic wound development, biomedical device implantation, and more. Among these many research avenues, Dr. Chen is particularly interested in the molecular and cellular drivers of fibrosis and regeneration across all organ systems, and he previously studied healing after myocardial infarction or Achilles tendon injuries. He is also currently working on obtaining FDA approval for a clinical trial to study pharmacological inhibition of mechanical signaling to accelerate healing of deep dermal injury

Dr. Chen has co-authored over 35 peer-reviewed publications and three book chapters, including first author publications in journals such as the Science Translational Medicine, Nature Communications, and PNAS. He has received a variety of awards, including the First Place Young Investigator’s Award from the Wound Healing Society and the Bernard G. Sarnat, MD, Excellence in Grant Writing Award from the Plastic Surgery Foundation. He is also a guest editor for journals such as Bioengineering and the Journal of Visualized Experiments. Dr. Chen is a member of the Wound Healing Society, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the Biomedical Engineering Society.