Professor Marija Krstic-Demonacos

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

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Contact Details

Cockcroft Building - Room 305

Office hours: Tuesdays 9-10am and Wednesdays 9-10am; please email for an appointment.



Current positions

Professor; Module leader of Pathologies of Human Disease


  • 1995: PhD in Endocrinology, University of California San Francisco, USA
  • 2013-current: Professor, Chair in Molecular Medicine
  • 2014-2022: Director of Biomedical Research Centre, School of Science, Engineering  and Environment, University of Salford
  • 2003-2013: Wellcome Trust research fellow and Lecturer, Lecturer and Principal Investigator, University of Manchester,
  • 1996-2003: Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Glasgow
Research and esteems

70 publications, over 20 sources of funding, past or present member of scientific journal editorials, funding bodies review boards, University Senate, professional societies and invited speaker for national and international scientific meetings.

To date, supervisor to 20 PhD students, 5 postdocs, 5 technicians and numerous Masters students.

Areas of research

Cancer, Childhood leukemia, Steroid receptors, Glucocorticoids, p53, Bioinformatics,Transcription

Areas of supervision

Cancer, Childhood leukemia, Steroid receptors, Glucocorticoids, p53, Bioinformatics, Tumor microenvironment, Transcription


  • Development of MSc Biomedical Science taught course with five 30 credit modules.
  • Module leader for a module Pathologies of Human disease for this course.
  • Delivery of lectures, tutorials and supervision of undergraduate projects as well as all types of assessment procedures across different degrees.

Research Interests

Cellular response to stress and hormonal signals

My main research interests focus is on the investigation of the molecular mechanisms governing the regulation of gene expression in normal and cancer cells and in particular the (A) analysis of the function of steroid receptors, (B) the role of tumor suppressor p53. We study leukemia, lung, breast and other types of cancer as well as inflammatory processes, using molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology, translational medicine and bioinformatics-based methods. Overall, I concentrate my research efforts on addressing important questions towards characterising the mechanisms of gene expression and signaling pathways in pathological conditions towards improving clinical practice. I pursue scientific excellence using diverse funding sources and forming strong networks of highly productive local, national and international collaborations. I serve as editor and reviewer of numerous biomedical journals and funding bodies and have been a member of several scientific societies.

Qualifications and Memberships


  • 1995: PhD in Endocrinology, Department of Biochemistry, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, California, USA
  • 1987: MSc in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Belgrade, Belgrade. Serbia
  • 1984: BSc in Molecular Biology and Physiology, Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia


  • Endocrine Society (USA), full member from 2011-2019
  • Royal Society of Biology, full member from 2010- 2020
  • British Association for Cancer Research, full member since 2009
  • British Endocrine Society, full member since 2008
  • Biochemical Society, full member from 2007-2019