Zhen obtained his PhD degree from the University of Otago, Faculty of Dentistry, Sir John Walsh Research Institute, and majored in Dentistry (2017-2020). During his doctoral study, he mainly focused on the regenerative biology of deer antler, the unique mammalian model of stem cell-based epimorphic regeneration. In order to achieve this, he utilized different quantitative proteomic techniques including 2D-DIGE and label-free quantification to investigate the differentially expressed proteins and molecular mechanisms underlying antler generation and regeneration. In January 2021, Zhen joined the Guomics team as a postdoctoral researcher for proteomic big data research. He then joined iMarker Lab as a research scientist in March 2023.