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Department of Chiropractic


Associate Professor Goran Štrkalj
BA, MA (Belgrade), PhD (Witwatersrand)

Phone: +61 2 9850 6197
Fax: + 61 2 9850 6389

Associate Professor Goran Štrkalj is a biological anthropologist and anatomist. Prior to his arrival to Macquarie, Dr Štrkalj was working in the School of Anatomical Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. As a Research Associate he was also affiliated with the Wellcome Trust for the History of Medicine at the University College London, Institute for Human Evolution at the University of the Witwatersrand and Institute of Ethnography, Serbian Academy of Arts and Sciences. 

Courses convened and taught:
Anatomical Sciences 1: Introduction (HLTH108),
Anatomical Sciences 2: Anatomy of Limbs and Back (HLTH109)

Administrative duties:
Director of Research (Department of Chiropractic),
Faculty of Science Human Ethics Committee (Member)

Research interests: Human variation, “race”, history of biological anthropology, science education.

Selected recent (last 5 years) publications (full list available here):

Books/edited volumes:

Štrkalj, G. (ed.) 2010. Teaching Human Variation: Issues, Trends and Challenges. New York: Nova Science Publishers.

Tobias, P.V., Štrkalj, G. and Dugard, J.J. 2008. Tobias in Conversation: Genes Fossils and Anthropology. Johannesburg: Wits University Press.


Štrkalj, G., Beirman R., Štrkalj, M. 2012.Teaching anatomy to chiropractic students: experiences from Macquarie University, Sydney. Explore – NY 8:141-144.

Štrkalj, G., Spocter M.A., Wilkinson A.T. 2011. Anatomy, medical education and human ancestral variation. Anatomical Sciences Education 4:362-365.

Štrkalj, G., Schroeder T. Pather, N. and Solyali V. 2011. A preliminary assessment of the fifth year chiropractic students’ knowledge of anatomy. Journal of Allied and Complimentary Medicine 17: 63-66.

Štrkalj, G. and Solyali V. 2010. Human biological variation in anatomy textbooks: the role of ancestry. Studies on Ethno-Medicine 4: 157-161.

Bidmos, AM, Gibbon V, Štrkalj, G. 2010. Recent advances in sex identification of human skeletal remains in South Africa. South African Journal of Science 106(11/12): 29-34.

Štrkalj, G. 2010. Using experimental history of science in teaching biological atnrhopology. In: Rice P., D. McCurdy D. (eds.) Strategies in Teaching Anthropology, sixth edition. Upper Saddle River (NJ): Prentice Hall , pp. 61-67.

Gibbon V.E., Štrkalj, G., Paximadis, M., Ruff, P. and Penny C. 2010. The sex profile of skeletal remains from a cemetery of Chinese indentured labourers. South African Journal of Science 106 (7/8): 65-68.

Dayal, M., Kegley, A.D.T., Štrkalj, G., Bidmos, M.A., Kuykendall, K.L. 2009. The history and composition of the Raymond A. Dart Collection of Human Skeletons at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 140: 324-335.

Štrkalj, G. 2009. A terminology for human variation studies: defining “racialism”, “racial hierarchism” and “racism”. Mankind Quarterly L: 127-137

Gallagher A., Čvorović J., Štrkalj G.2009. Body Mass Index in Serbian Roma. HOMO - Journal of Comparative Human Biology 60: 567-578.

Gibbon, V.E., Penny C.B., Štrkalj, G., Ruff, P. 2009. Minimally invasive bone sampling method for DNA analyses. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 139: 596-599.

Gibbon V., Paximadis M., Štrkalj G., Ruff P., and Penny C.  2009. Novel methods of molecular sex identification from skeletal tissue using the amelogenin gene. Forensic Science International: Genetics 3: 74-79.

Kaszycka, K. A. , Štrkalj, G. and Strzałko J. 2009. Current views of European anthropologists on race: influence of educational and ideological background. American Anthropologist 111(1): 43-56.

Štrkalj G. and Chorn D. 2008. Herophilus of Chalcedon and the practice of dissection in Hellenistic Alexandria. South African Medical Journal 98: 86-89. 

Štrkalj, G. and Tobias P.V. Raymond Dart as a pioneering primatologist. HOMO - Journal of Comparative Human Biology 59: 271-286.

Updated 22 Aug 2012




Associate Professor Goran Štrkalj