Dzenita Muratovic

Dr Dzenita Muratovic

Postdoctoral Researcher

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD (as Co-Supervisor) - email supervisor to discuss availability.

Dr. Dzenita Muratovic is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Orthopaedic and Trauma Research (CORT), Adelaide Medical School, University of Adelaide. In 2018 Dr. Muratovic was awarded her Ph.D. at The University of Adelaide with Dean’s commendation for Doctoral Thesis excellence. under the supervision of Dr. Julia Kuliwaba and Prof David Findlay. In her Ph.D. project, she pioneered the use of a multi-modal imaging approach to investigate the tissue changes that occur in the subchondral bone in human osteoarthritis (OA), specifically bone marrow lesions (BML). One of the important findings in this work was that the presence of a BML was related to the degree of osteochondral degeneration of the joint and that use of imaging modalities such as MRI and high power micro CTs in the assessment of OA patients may enable identification of different and specific OA phenotypes and help target approaches to treatment and prevention of OA.
This research led her to become intrigued by the role of subchondral bone in the development and progression of OA and to further explore combinations of underlying factors (molecular, cellular, biomechanics, systemic) that potentially may lead to a different degree of degeneration of osteochondral unit and subsequently to the progression of osteoarthritis. Dr. Muratovic subsequently undertook postdoctoral research training also under the guidance of Prof David Findlay. Here, Dr. Muratovic investigated TGFβ1 as a critical factor in association with degenerative changes of osteochondral tissue in human osteoarthritis. In return, this work opened up an entirely new therapeutic paradigm, namely that targeting subchondral bone as a novel OA treatment strategy.
Dzenita established a close collaborative relationship with scientists across several different disciplines to continues to explore novel ways and to be actively involved in all facets of multi-disciplinary projects to better understand the pathobiology of bone tissue, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, and other musculoskeletal conditions. Importantly, Dzenita continues to work closely with clinicians to ensure the clinical relevance of her research and to demonstrate its importance and impact to the OA research field in the development of preventive therapy and therapeutic approaches for OA.
In recognition of her research excellence and commitment to work hard on translating research findings into improved clinical outcomes, Dzenita has received Arthritis Australia 2021 Fellowship to further explore bone tissue as a specific target for osteoarthritis management.
Dzenita’s ultimate research aim is to change the lives of those suffering from Osteoarthritis.

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2021 Arthritis Australia Fellow University of Adelaide
    2018 Postdoctoral Research Fellow University of Adelaide, Adelaide
    2004 Medical Scientist SA Pathology
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2021 Fellowship Arthritis Australia Fellowship Arthritis Australia Australia
    2020 Award The Best Bone Biology Image International Society of Bone Morphometry Belgium
    2020 Award Emerging Scientist Showcase Award Bone Health Foundation Australia
    2020 Achievement Best Guest Nation Poster Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS) United States
    2019 Award Finalist, Orthopaedic Innovation Award category, 25nd Annual Australian & New Zealand Orthopaedic Research Society (ANZORS) Conference, Canberra, Australia, October 04-06, 2019 Australian & New Zealand Orthopaedic Research Society (ANZORS) Australia
    2019 Achievement Finalist in the Early Career Researcher award category, 25nd Annual Australian & New Zealand Orthopaedic Research Society (ANZORS) Conference, Canberra, Australia, October 04-06, 2019 Australian & New Zealand Orthopaedic Research Society (ANZORS) Australia
    2019 Award IFMRS Travel Grant International Federation of Musculoskeletal Research Societies (IFMRS) United Kingdom $500
    2019 Award The ANZBMS International Travel Award ANZBMS Australia 1000$
    2019 Research Award The ISAP Research Travel Grant Australian Synchrotron Australia 3300
    2018 Distinction Dean’s Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence University of Adelaide Australia
    2016 Achievement • Travel grant to attend 22nd Annual ANZORS Conference, Melbourne ANZORS Australia 400$
    2016 Award Young investigator award at 9th International Workshop on Osteoarthritis Imaging, Oulu, Finland, 2016 International Workshop on Osteoarthritis Imaging, Oulu, Finland Finland 300 €
    2016 Nomination Ross Wishart Memorial Award 2016 ASMR Australia
    2016 Award Young Investigator Award at AAOS/ORS Research Symposium AAOS/ORS United States
    2016 Award School of Medicine Travel Award University of Adelaide Australia 2500
    2016 Award New Investigator Travel Award AAOS/ORS United States 3000
    2015 Award Christopher & Margie Nordin Young Investigator Poster Award ANZBMS Australia 500 $
    2015 Award Best Clinical Science Free Paper for 2015 The Australian Rheumatology Association (ARA) Australia 3000$
    2015 Award ANZBMS Travel Award ANZBMS Australia 300
    2014 Award School of Medicine Prize University of Adelaide Australia 200
    2014 Award Florey Medical Research Foundation Prize The University of Adelaide Australia 700$
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    Bosnian Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2013 - 2018 University of Adelaide Australia Doctor of Phisolophy
    2009 - 2012 The University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor Degree in Health Science (Firist Class Honours)
    2001 - 2004 University of Sarajevo, Sarajevo Bosnia and Herzegovina Bachelor Degree in Medical Laboratory
  • Postgraduate Training

    Date Title Institution Country
    2013 - 2018 PhD Candidate The University of Adelaide Australia
  • Research Interests

  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2019 - ongoing Co-Supervisor TRANSFORMING GROWTH FACTOR (TGF)-β AS A CRITICAL FACTOR IN HUMAN OSTEOARTHRITIS The University of Adelaide, CORT Medicine Honours Full Time Halimatul Masrini Binti Haji Masri
    2019 - ongoing Co-Supervisor Bone Marrow Lesions and Subchondral Cysts in Association with Severity of Structural Degeneration in Hip Osteoarthritis The University of Adelaide, CORT Honours Part Time Bright Nkrumah
  • Position: Postdoctoral Researcher
  • Phone: 83132858
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  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences, floor 7
  • Room: WS7062.16
  • Org Unit: Surgical Specialties

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