Pamela holds a Bachelor’s degree (cum laude) in chemical engineering. She obtained her PhD in 2005 from the University of Twente, on the topic of osteoinductive calcium phosphate ceramics for bone regeneration. In 2006, she worked as post-doctoral research fellow at Children’s Hospital Boston and in 2007 she spent a year as post-doctoral research fellow at McGill University. From 2008 until 2014 she led a research group at the University of Twente. In 2014, she moved to Maastricht University, where she became full professor of inorganic biomaterials. She is currently Scientific Director of MERLN and Chair of the Department of Instructive Biomaterials Engineering.
For her research she received prestigious Veni, Vidi, Aspasia and Gravitation grants of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research among other external research funds. She currently serves as the president of the European Society for Biomaterials (ESB). Habibovic has published over 75 peer-review articles, and serves on editorial boards of several journals in the field. In 2013, she received the Jean Leray Award of the ESB.