Paper of the Month & Year

These awards aim to identify matrix biology research occurring with the society, to promote this research and to foster a collaborative research network beyond the society.

The award has 2 categories:

  • Student/early career researcher

  • Mid-career researcher


Winners of the ‘Paper of the Month’ in each category between January and December of a calendar year will automatically be entered into the ‘Paper of the Year’ in each category in December of that year.

Paper of the Month’ winners in each category will receive recognition of the award on society website, emails, twitter feed and at society meetings.


‘Paper of the Year’ winners in each category will receive 1 year’s membership subscription to MBSANZ and will also be featured on society website, emails, twitter feed and at society meetings.

Piles of Paper

Eligibility requirements

  1. Applicants/Recipients must be current members of the MBSANZ.

  2. Honours and PhD students are eligible to apply for the student/ Early career researcher (ECR) category award.

  3. ECRs are defined as less than 5 years post the conferral of their PhD (or equivalent taking into account career disruption) at the time of submission for the scheme.

  4. Mid-career researchers (MCR) are defined as more than 5, but less than 15, years post the conferral of their PhD (or equivalent taking into account career disruption) at the time of submission for the scheme.

  5. Applicants for the Student/ECR category must be the first (alone or joint) author on the publication.

  6. Applicants for the MCR category must be the first (alone or joint) or last (alone or joint) author on the publication.

  7. In the case where joint authors are both current members of the society and the submission is awarded either ‘Paper of the Month’ or ‘Paper of the Year’, both members will receive the award for which they are eligible.

  8. Papers can be accepted for publication in any peer-reviewed journal.

  9. Papers must present original research. Narrative reviews, Systematic Reviews, editorials and commentaries (or similar) are not eligible for the awards.

  10. A member is only eligible to receive 1 ‘Paper of the Month’ award per calendar year.

  11. A maximum of 1 “Paper of the Month” will be awarded in any month in each category.

  12. The decision of the sub-committee of the Executive is final.

Application Requirements

  1. Applications for the ‘Paper of the Month’ are submitted by 28th of each month for papers accepted for publication that have become publicly available (online or in print) in the 3-months prior (eg submissions received by 28 April may have been accepted for publication at any time prior BUT have first become publicly available in either January, February or March of the same year to be eligible).

  2. The “Paper of the Month” award is intended to highlight novel recent research done by MBSANZ members while accounting for the variability between journals in the time from acceptance to publication. Submissions for ‘Paper of the Month’ will thus remain current for up to 3 months from the time of application depending on the date of first public availability of the publication (i.e. if a paper has already been available for 3 months at the time of submission for Paper of the Month award, it will not be eligible in subsequent months; see point 1 above).

  3. A sub-committee of the Executive (min 3 people) will review submissions and select a winner in each category based on both the quality of the publication and the contribution to the field of matrix biology (as outlined by the applicant).

  4. Applicants will be notified within 3 weeks of the deadline of the outcome of their application.

  5. Winners will be advertised to the membership via email, twitter, the website and society meetings following notification to the applicants.


Award review committee

The award is determined by a sub-committee of the Executive.

Mid-career researchers

2021  -  Smriti Krishna  Baker Institute
2020  -  Jelena Rnjak-Kovacina  UNSW Sydney  &  Megan Lord  UNSW Sydney 
2019  -  Thomas Cox  Garvan Institute of Medical Research

Student/Early career researchers

2021  -  Kendelle Murphy  Garvan Institute of Medical Research
2020  -  Sarah Boyle  University of Adelaide
2019  -  Jessica Chitty  Garvan Institute of Medical Research

Paper of the Month Awardees

Mid-career researchers

Paper of the Year Awardees


Jiao Jiao Li, UTS Sydney (January)

MicroRNA-1 modulates chondrocyte phenotype by tegulating FZD7 of Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway. 


Smriti Murali Krishna,  James Cook University (September)

Kallistatin limits abdominal aortic aneurysm by attenuating generation of reactive oxygen species and apoptosis.

Scientific Reports


Juliana Hamzah, University of Western Australia

Immune-mediated ECM depletion improved tumour perfusion and payload delivery.

EMBO Molecular Medicine 


Yu Suk Choi, University of Western Australia

Volume Adaptation Controls Stem Cell Mechanotransduction

ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces


Jelena Rnjak-Kovacina & Megan Lord, UNSW Sydney

A biomimetic approach toward enhancing angiogenesis 

Advanced Science             


Laura Bray, Queensland University of Technology

Cancer-associated fibroblasts of the prostate promote a compliant and more invasive phenotype in benign prostate epithelial cells. 

Materials Today Bio 


Jiao Jiao Li, UTS Sydney                                            

A long non-coding RNA, HOTAIR, promotes cartilage degradation in osteoarthritis by inhibiting WIF-1 expression and activating Wnt pathway.

BMC Mol Cell Biol


Claire Clarkin, University of Southampton

Regulation of the Bone Vascular Network is Sexually Dimorphic.

J Bone Mineral Res                               


Thomas Cox, Garvan Institute for Medical Research                                       

CAF hierarchy driven by pancreatic cancer cell p53-status creates a pro-metastatic and chemoresistant environment via perlecan  

Nature Communications


Zlatko Kopecki, University of South Australia                                       

Flightless I exacerbation of inflammatory responses contributes to increased colonic damage in a mose model of dextran sulphate sodium-induced ulcerative colitis

Scientific Reports

Student/Early career researchers


Manula Rathnayake, University of Melbourne (March)

Macromolecular interactions in cartilage extracellular matrix vary according to the cartilage type and location. Cartilage

Zhenjun Deng, University of Western Australia (September)

Keloid fibroblasts have elevated and dysfunctional mechanotransduction signaling that is independent of TGF-β  Journal of Dermatological Science

Ian Chin, University of Western Australia (October)

Interrogating cardiac muscle cell mechanobiology on stiffness gradient hydrogels.

Biomaterials Science

Kendell Murphy, Garvan Institute for Medical Research (November)

Intravital imaging technology guides FAK-mediated priming in pancreatic cancer precision medicine according to Merlin status

Science Advances


Sarah Boyle, SA Pathology and the University of South Australia

ROCK-mediated selective activation of PERK signalling causes fibroblast reprogramming and tumour progression through a CRELD2-dependent mechanism.

Nature Cell Biology

Sanaa Zaki, University of Sydney                                         

Differential patterns of pathology in and interaction between joint tissues in long-term osteoarthritis with different initiating causes: Phenotype matters.

Osteoarthritis and Cartilage

Chieh Yu, Queensland University of Technology                                         

Syndecan-1 facilitates the human mesenchymal stem cell osteo-adipogenic balance. 

Int J Mol Sci


Jessica Chitty, Garvan Institute of Medical Research

 The Mini-Organo: A rapid high-throughput 3D coculture organotypic assay for oncology screening and drug development. 

Cancer Reports