Denitsa Docheva was born in Karlovo, Bulgaria in the end of the 70ths. She studied in specialized gymnasium with intensive biology, chemistry and English classes and graduated in with two parallel master degrees, one in biology and one in chemistry from the Faculty of Natural Sciences in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Afterwards Denitsa Docheva obtained a prestigious PhD stipend-ship from Max-Planck-Institute for Biochemistry (Dep. of Molecular Medicine) in Martinsried, Germany and graduated in 2005 in partnership with the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria. Then she moved to the Laboratory of Experimental Surgery and Regenerative Medicine, Department of Surgery, Medical Faculty of Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) in Munich, Germany and in 2006 she established the tendon research group implementing 2D, 3D in vitro as well as various in vivo models (transgenic mice as well as tendon injury and tendon cell therapy models). The in vitro models focus on tendon stem/progenitor cells from human and rodents with the specific aim to decipher age and degeneration-related molecular/cellular changes in the tissue and to design innovative counter therapeutic strategies. In 2012, Denitsa Docheva completed her habilitation in the field of Experimental Surgery in the LMU.
In September 2016, she was appointed Professor and Director of Experimental Trauma Surgery in the Department of Trauma Surgery in University Regensburg Medical Centre, Regensburg, Germany. In addition, she currently holds two Guest-Professorships, one in the LMU and one in the Department of Medical Biology, Medical University of Plovdiv.
In the last 15 years, she has published more than 60 articles and according to ISI Web of Science she has citation sum of 1700 and h-index of 21 (2648 citation times and h-index of 26 on Google scholar). She has won 18 grant proposals with total funds of approx 1.5 million Euros including two EU grants (ETZ, MATEGRA and EU Twinning grant). She has been and is an external mentor of two EU grants: BioSupport, University of Plovdiv (FP7 Cooperation Work Programme: Health) and DOCTORANT-2, Medical University Plovdiv. She has supervised more than 30 research fellows from around the globe such as postdoctors, PhD, MD, MSc and practical students. She has given over 50 invited lectures and 80 communications at conferences. She has won several scientific awards as the most recent being Best Podium Presenter of the Tendon Section at the ORS Meeting in New Orleans, USA 2018 and Best Poster Presentation of AO Spine Section at the eCM Meeting in Davos; Switzerlan 2018 . She is a reviewer of numerous renowned biomedical journals. She is the 1st Vice-president of the European Orthopaedic Research Society (EORS) and she organized the 25th Annual Meeting of the EORS in September 2017 in Munich, Germany (www.eors2017.org).