Kaiwen completed his undergraduate studies in Singapore and moved to Brisbane in 2009. After completing his Honours in Professor Alastair McEwan’s laboratory at The University of Queensland investigating metal acquisition during pathogen virulence, he began a PhD in the Inflammasome Lab. Kaiwens' PhD studies involved characterising inflammasome functions in neutrophils. During his PhD Kaiwen achieved 4 first author publications including 2 original research articles, a review and book chapter, in addition to being involved in a further 2 original research articles and an additional review. Kaiwen continues his research in the Inflammasome Lab as a PostDoctoral Researcher.