• Shore Road, Jordanstown Campus

    BT37 0QB Newtownabbey

    United Kingdom

  • 20 Citations
  • 3 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

Bachelor, Universita Politecnica delle Marche

Master, Politecnico di Torino

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Research Output 2017 2019

  • 20 Citations
  • 3 h-Index
  • 7 Article
  • 2 Review article

Fused Deposition Modelling as an Effective Tool for Anti-Infective Dialysis Catheter Fabrication

Essyrose, M., Domínguez-Robles, J., Stewart, S., Mancuso, E., O'Donnell, K., Larraneta, E. & Lamprou, D., 23 Sep 2019, In : ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Multilayer nanoscale functionalization to treat disorders and enhance regeneration of bone tissue

Ferreira, A. M., Tonda-Turo, C., Mancuso, E. & Gentile, P., 1 Jul 2019, In : Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine. 19, p. 22-38 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article


Osteogenic potential of heterogeneous and CD271-enriched mesenchymal stromal cells cultured on apatite-wollastonite 3D scaffolds

Müller, S., Nicholson, L., Al Harbi, N., Mancuso, E., Jones, E., Dickinson, A., Wang, X. N. & Dalgarno, K. W., 19 Jun 2019, In : BMC Biomedical Engineering. 1, 16, 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Mesenchymal Stromal Cells
Bone Regeneration

The use of polymeric meshes for Pelvic Organ Prolapse: current concepts, challenges and future perspectives

Mancuso, E., Downey, C., Doxford-Hook, E., Bryant, M. G. & Culmer, P., 20 Jun 2019, In : Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part B: Applied Biomaterials. p. 1-19 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

1 Citation (Scopus)

Continence technologies whitepaper: Informing new engineering science research

Culmer, P., Alazmani, A., Bryant, M., Mancuso, E., King, S., Mapunde, V., Jeays-Ward, K., Heron, N., Pearson, R., Vollebregt, P. F., Corner, L. & Day, R., 27 Jun 2018, In : Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part H: Journal of Engineering in Medicine. p. 1-16 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Activities 2015 2018

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

Elena Mancuso (Member)
20 May 2018 → …

Activity: MembershipMembership of network

United Kingdom and Ireland Controlled Release Society (UKICRS) (External organisation)

Elena Mancuso (Member)
May 2018 → …

Activity: MembershipMembership of network

Bioceramics and powder-based 3D Printing: a successful combination towards the development of complex bone tissue-like scaffolds

Elena Mancuso (Speaker)
4 May 20185 May 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

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