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Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Arizona

Kellen Chen, PhD, is an assistant research professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson. He graduated with a B.S. in bioengineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and he received his PhD in biomedical engineering from the University of Virginia. He completed his postdoctoral research fellowship at Stanford University with Dr. Geoffrey Gurtner and is interested in the molecular and cellular drivers of fibrosis and regeneration across all organ systems.

With Dr. Gurtner, he is currently studying therapies to improve healing after wounding, skin grafting, and biomedical device implantation. 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 authored or co-authored over 35 peer-reviewed publications, including first author publications in journals such as the PNAS and Nature Communications.


  • –present
    Assistant Professor, University of Arizona


  • 2018 
    University of Virginia, PhD, Biomedical Engineering