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    BT37 0QB Newtownabbey

    United Kingdom

  • 81 Citations
  • 6 h-Index

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Dr Elena Mancuso (PhD, AFHEA) is a Lecturer in Biomaterials in the School of Engineering within the Nanotechnology and Integrated Bioengineering Centre (NIBEC) at Ulster University. Her background includes a PhD in Mechanical Engineering (Newcastle University, UK), which was awarded in July 2016, and an M.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering from Politecnico di Torino (Turin, Italy). Prior to her current appointment she was a Research Fellow within IMPRESS, an EPSRC/NIHR-funded network based in the School of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Leeds (Leeds, UK). In addition to her academic experience, she worked 2 years as R&D Engineer in a biomedical company specialised particularly in manufacturing surgical meshes for the treatment of abdominal wall defects and stress urinary incontinence. Her research interests lie in the use of biomaterials and their processing as 3D tissue-like substitutes. Specifically, she focuses on conventional (i.e electrospinning) and non-conventional (additive manufacturing) engineering technologies as platform for the development of novel implantable medical devices to treat human health conditions (i.e bone and cartilage tissue diseases, pelvic floor prolapse and skin disorders).

She is currently involved in a variety of research projects both as PI and Co-I (i.e North West Centre for Advanced Manufacturing (NWCAM), a £8m project funded by the EU’s INTERREG VA Programme) and collaborates with industrial, academic partners and clinicians within the UK and internationally.

She is a member of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Full member of the Peer Review College, Guest Editor of the Special Issue "Advanced Ceramics for Biomedical Applications" (Fibers, MDPI journal), and peer reviewer for multiple journals in the Biomaterial field, such as Material Letter, Journal of the European Ceramic Society and Journal of Biomedical Materials Research: Part B. She is affiliated to several professional bodies (i.e TERMIS, MEDE, ESB), and she is actively involved in chairing and organising conference symposia (TERMIS2016, UKSB2018). From a research impact perspective to date, the quality of her research has led to the delivery of multiple oral presentations as invited speaker, the publication of scientific papers in the leading journals in her field, and the presentation of her work at major national and international conferences (i.e. in Sweden, Spain, Italy, Poland, Greece, Israel and US).

Elena research and academic leadership has been recognised in a range of awards, including an industrial placement within a MedTech innovation HUB (Medipex Ltd), a Translate Technology Accelerator Package from the Translate:Me Programme (University of Leeds, UK) and a Newton Fund Award for a UK-India interdisciplinary workshop on advanced biomaterials and biosensors (IIT Ropar, India).

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Newcastle University

Award Date: 19 Jul 2016

Bachelor, Universita Politecnica delle Marche

Award Date: 23 Oct 2010

Master, Politecnico di Torino

Award Date: 15 Oct 2010

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Research Output

  • 81 Citations
  • 6 h-Index
  • 14 Article
  • 3 Review article

3D printed Sr-containing composite scaffolds: effect of structural design and material formulation towards new strategies for bone tissue engineering

Pierantozzi, D., Scalzone, A., Jindal, S., Stipniece, L., Salma-Ancane, K., Dalgarno, K., Gentile, P. & Mancuso, E., 3 May 2020, In : Composites Science and Technology. 191, 108069.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • 3 Citations (Scopus)
    13 Downloads (Pure)

    3D Printing of Drug-Loaded Thermoplastic Polyurethane Meshes: A Potential Material for Soft Tissue Reinforcement in Vaginal Surgery

    Dominguez-Robles, J., Mancinelli, C., Mancuso, E., Garcia-Romero, I., Gilmore, B. F., Casettari, L., Larraneta, E. & Lamprou, D., 13 Jan 2020, In : Pharmaceutics. 12, 1, 15 p., 63.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 13 Citations (Scopus)
    14 Downloads (Pure)

    Development of a Biodegradable Subcutaneous Implant for Prolonged Drug Delivery Using 3D Printing

    Stewart, S., Domínguez-Robles, J., McIlorum, V. J., Mancuso, E., Lamprou, D., Donnelly, R. F. & Larraneta, E., 28 Jan 2020, In : Pharmaceutics. 12, 2, 16 p., 105.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 12 Citations (Scopus)
    3 Downloads (Pure)
  • Novel combination of non-invasive morphological and solid-state characterisation of drug-loaded core-shell electrospun fibres

    Kazsoki, A., Farkas, A., Balogh-Weiser, D., Mancuso, E., Sharma, P., Lamprou, D. & Zelkó, R., 25 Sep 2020, In : International Journal of Pharmaceutics. 587, 8 p., 119706.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)


    Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (External organisation)

    Elena Mancuso (Member)

    1 May 2018 → …

    Activity: MembershipMembership of board

    Fibers (Journal)

    Elena Mancuso (Editor)

    1 May 201828 Feb 2019

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial work

    The United Kingdom Society for Biomaterials (UKSB) (External organisation)

    Elena Mancuso (Member)

    20 May 2018 → …

    Activity: MembershipMembership of network