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Dr Ayse Zengin joined the School of Clinical Sciences as a Research Fellow in the Muscle and Bone Health Group in September 2016.

Ayse completed her PhD in a joint project between the Bone Biology and Neuroscience programs at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Sydney, Australia in 2012. Upon completion, Ayse worked as a postdoc in the Endocrinology Department of the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich (Germany) until December 2013. Ayse then moved to Cambridge (UK) where she was a Postdoctoral Scientist at the MRC Human Nutrition Research Unit where she worked with the MRC Unit in The Gambia (Africa) on a musculoskeletal study in ageing men and women. 

Ayse’s main research interests are investigating the muscle-bone relationship within the ageing population, imaging bone with advanced technology and the role of nutrition on skeletal health in the elderly across ethnic populations. 

Research interests

  • Global health of musculoskeletal diseases (osteoporosis and sarcopenia)
  • Fall and fracture prevention in disadvantaged populations (e.g The Gambia, India, Aboriginal Australians)
  • Lifestyle effects (diet, nutrition, physical activity etc) on bone and muscle health
  • Effects of chronic co-morbidities (cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes) on bone and muscle health

Supervision interests

  1. Study of Indigenous Muscle & Bone Ageing (SIMBA): longitudinal study to determine why fall & fracture risk are increased in Indigenous Australians?
  2. Effects of diet/nutrtion on bone and muscle health in ageing Indian and Gambian adults
  3. Understanding the associations between cardiovascular and musculoskeletal health in ageing Indian men and women
  4. Sex-differences in the associations of cardiovascular and musculoskeletal health in South African older adults
  5. Ethnic differences in muscle function decline in Indian, Gambian and South African older adults

Community service

Bone Banter Podcast: seeks to increase awareness of musculoskeletal health among the public with a new episode weekly.

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Education/Academic qualification

Bone, Metabolism, Neuroscience, PhD, Garvan Institute of Medical Research

Neuroscience, Honours, University of Wollongong

Medical Science, Bachelor, University of Wollongong

External positions

Postdoctoral Fellow, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat (University of Munich)

Sep 2012Dec 2013

Investigator Scientist, MRC Human Nutrition Research

14 Jan 201231 Aug 2016


  • Osteoporosis
  • Sarcopenia
  • Ageing
  • Ethnic
  • Fractures
  • musculoskeletal
  • Global Health

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Projects 2017 2018

Research Output 2008 2019

Development and Validation of a Wearable Plantar Force Measurement Device

McMillan, L. B., DI Pauli Von Treuheim, T., Murphy, A., Zengin, A., Ebeling, P. R. & Scott, D., 1 Jun 2019, In : IEEE Sensors Journal. 19, 11, p. 4008-4016 9 p., 8631128.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

RANK deletion in neuropeptide Y neurones attenuates oestrogen deficiency-related bone loss

Lee, N. J., Clarke, I. M., Zengin, A., Enriquez, R. F., Nagy, V., Penninger, J. M., Baldock, P. A. & Herzog, H., 1 Jan 2019, In : Journal of Neuroendocrinology. 31, 2, 9 p., e12687.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Sex-specific associations between insulin resistance and bone parameters in overweight and obese older adults

Mesinovic, J., McMillan, L. B., Shore-Lorenti, C., Zengin, A., De Courten, B., Ebeling, P. R. & Scott, D., May 2019, In : Clinical Endocrinology. 90, 5, p. 680-689 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Corrigendum: The Gambian bone and muscle ageing study: Baseline data from a prospective observational African sub-Saharan study [Front Endocrinol, 8, (2017), (219)] doi: 10.3389/fendo.2017.00219

Zengin, A., Fulford, A. J., Sawo, Y., Jarjou, L. M., Schoenmakers, I., Goldberg, G., Prentice, A. & Ward, K. A., 16 Apr 2018, In : Frontiers in Endocrinology. 9, 3 p., 160.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment / DebateOtherpeer-review

Open Access

Musculoskeletal health of Indigenous Australians

Zengin, A., Maple-Brown, L. J., Brennan-Olsen, S., Center, J. R., Eades, S. & Ebeling, P. R., 1 Dec 2018, In : Archives of Osteoporosis. 13, 1, 8 p., 77.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleResearchpeer-review

Press / Media

Muscle Strength Positively Predicts Bone Outcomes in Aging Men

Ayse Zengin


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Research