Denitsa Docheva graduated in the Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Plovdiv (Bulgaria) with two Master degrees in Biology and in Chemistry. She completed her PhD study focusing on tendon development at the Department for Molecular Medicine, Max-Planck Institute for Biochemistry in Martinsried; Germany. Since 2005, she was a postdoc at the Department of Surgery, Medical Faculty of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich and in 2006, established the Tendon Research Group. In 2012, she became Assoc. Prof. in Experimental Surgery. In 2016, she was became Professor for Experimental Trauma Surgery at the Department of Trauma Surgery, University Regensburg Medical Centre. Her laboratory investigates the basics and coherence of joint diseases and connective tissues with special focus on tendons and ligaments. The search for explanations and solutions for clinical problems is carried out using different experimental approaches and in a multidisciplinary team. The main goal is to exploit the therapeutic potential of stem/progenitor cells, by illuminating genetic programs and identifying specific signalling pathways that regulate stem cell functions. Currently, she is the President of the European Orthopaedic Research Society (EORS) as well as the EORS representative at the International Combined Orthopaedic Research Societies (ICORS) and co-organizer of the next World Congress of ICORS in 2022.