Associate Professor Rachel W. Li

MD, PhD.
Associate Professor, Group Leader, Trauma and Orthopaedic Research Laboratory
ANU College of Health and Medicine

Areas of expertise

  • Orthopaedics 110314
  • Biomaterials 090301
  • Rheumatology And Arthritis 110322
  • Pharmacology And Pharmaceutical Sciences 1115
  • Immunology Not Elsewhere Classified 110799


Short Bio:  Associate Professor Rachel W. Li was a clinician, liver diseases specialist (BMBS 1983 and Master of Clinical Medicine 1986). She created an Endoscopic Drug Delivery device which was used in the stomach and liver cancer patients with acute haemorrhage. She received a National Innovation Award from Chinese Medical Association. She was awarded a PhD from Southern Cross University in 2003 and postdoctoral fellowship from NIH, USA, then an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pathology, University of Hawaii. She started her laboratory research after returning to Australia in 2006. She established a clinical based research laboratory and developed an osteoimmunology research program at the Canberra Hospital and ANU John Curtin School of Medical Research. 


Researcher's projects

Osteo-immunology: Interplay of osteoblasts and inflammatory cells in primary and revision total joint arthroplasty  

Clinical trial: athrofibrosis - interplay of ECM fibroblasts with inflammatory cells post total knee arthroplasty

Personalised medicine: Exosome miRNAs as regulators of mRNAs in osteolysis of the patients undergoing revision total joint replacement.

Bio material development: Biomimetic gels for co-growth of osteoblasts and osteoclasts

Bio material development: Magnesium alloys for biodegradable, resorbable and antibacterial implants. This project requires in vitro and in vivo experiment.  




Available student projects

  1. Biomaterials for orthopaedic implants in vitro testing in laboratory
  2. Patient recruitment, sampling and mRNA and miRNA sequencing (for clinical PhD researchers)  

Current student projects

The osseointegration and antimicrobial properties of AgSrPO4Mg

Circulating miRNA and osteolysis around hip and knee arthroplasty

Bioresorbable metals for osteosynthesis in maxillofacial surgery

Athrofibrosis - interplay of ECM fibroblasts with inflammatory cells post total knee arthroplasty




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