Rajna Golubic

College Research Associate
Wellcome Trust MRC Institute of Metabolic Science, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge
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Rajna is an NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow at Cambridge and a specialist registrar in diabetes and endocrinology in Addenbrooke's Hospital. She is also a deputising lead of the Need for Nutrition Education Programme Global Innovation Panel (http://www.nnedpro.org.uk/).

 She qualified as an MD at the Zagreb University School of Medicine in Croatia. Subsequently, she worked as a physician and a research fellow at the Department of Environmental and Occupational Medicine (Andrija Stampar School of Public Health, Zagreb University School of Medicine) where she trained in occupational and sports medicine and was involved in several research projects and international public health collaborations focusing on workers’ health (through the WHO Collaborative Center for Occupational Health in Zagreb ) as well as teaching medical students. Furthermore, she obtained a doctorate (DSc) in occupational medicine at the same university and undertook advanced training in clinical research methods at the Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, the Netherlands (as a Netherlands Institute for Health Sciences Fellow).

Rajna completed an MPhil in Public Health and a PhD in Epidemiology at the MRC Epidemiology Unit, both as a Gates Cambridge Scholar. Her PhD  focused on the descriptive epidemiology and measurement aspects of physical activity as well as its associations with cardio-metabolic disorders. Furthermore, she was a Benefactors’ Scholar at St. John’s College, Cambridge and received a Raymond and Beverly Sackler Studentship from the School of Clinical Medicine at Cambridge. She lectured on the MPhil in Epidemiology and MPhil in Public Health courses at Cambridge and now acts as a clinical supervisor and OSCE examiner for the medical students at Cambridge.

Her work has been presented at several international conferences. She is associate editor of the Oxford Handbook of Clinical and Healthcare Research. Having completed her PhD, Rajna started to work as an academic clinician and now combines clinical practice in diabetes and endocrinology with research into the prevention and treatment of obesity and diabetes.


Research Interests: 
  • Novel pharmacological approaches to treat obesity and type 2 diabetes and their effects on energy balance (energy intake and energy expenditure)
  • Intensive weight management programmes for the treatment of severe obesity
  • Prevention of obesity, type 2 diabetes and related cardio-metabolic disorders through lifestyle modification, in particular physical activity and diet
  • Novel treatments for type 1 diabetes


Teaching And Professional Interests: 


  • Clinical supervisor for Cambridge medical students
  • Co-supervisor for the student-selected components (SSC) for Cambridge medical students
  • Teaching scientific research methods to different healthcare professionals
  • Teaching MPhil in Epidemiology and Public Health students

Professional interests

  • Clinical practice in endocrinology, diabetes and internal medicine
  • Epidemiology, public health, lifestyle medicine
  • Prevention and treatment of obesity, diabetes and related cardio-metabolic disorders
  • Nutrition education for junior doctors

2017- Membership of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP) UK#

2014 - Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

2010-2014 - PhD in Epidemiology, MRC Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

2006 - 2010 - Doctor of Science (DSc), Zagreb University School of Medicine, Zagreb,  Croatia

2008-2009 - Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Public Health, Department of Public Health and Primary Care, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

1999 - 2005 - Doctor of Medicine (MD), Zagreb University School of Medicine, Zagreb, Croatia


2018 - NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship in Diabetes and Endocrinology, University of Cambridge

2017 - Visiting fellowship- Griffith University Gold Coast campus: awarded 5000 AUD through a competitive process to deliver workshops on non-RCT research designs

2015 - Award for the Best Observational Study- best research paper  published in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (category observational studies)

2012 - Raymond and Beverly Sackler Studentship- award for academic excellence in medical science administered by the Clinical School, University of Cambridge

2010 and 2008 - Gates Cambridge Scholarship- international scholarship competition which provides full financial support for graduate students at the University of Cambridge; intensely competitive application process

2010 - Benefactors’ Scholarship, St. John’s College, University of Cambridge- highly competitive international scholarship competition; membership at St. John’s College Cambridge and supplementary funding for PhD-related expenses

2010 - Award for the best poster presentation; conference Towards Better Work and Well-Being, organised by the International Commission on Occupational Health, Helsinki, Finnish Institute of Occupational Health

2007 - Nihes/ESP Fellowship- Erasmus Summer Programme in Quantitative Medical Research, Erasmus Medical Centre, Rotterdam (highly competitive international award covering full costs of the summer school for top early-stage medical researchers)

2004 - University Rector’s Award for the Best Student Research Work- Zagreb University

2004 - Dean’s Award for the Outstanding Student- Zagreb University School of Medicine



  • General Medical Council
  • British Medical Association
  • Society for Endocrinology

Total and domain-specific physical activity: measurement, descriptive epidemiology and associations with cardio-metabolic and other lifestyle-related diseases


Book chapters:

  • Golubic R, Ray S. Why do research? In Oxford Handbook of Clinical and Healthcare Research. Oxford University Press. 2016 (ISBN: 9780199608478)
  • Golubic R, Mustajbegovic J. Quality of life in health care workers in Vuletic G. Quality of life and health. 2011. Croatian Science Foundation. Osijek

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