Elizabeth Young


I became interested in medical engineering prior to University, after hearing about advancements in stent technologies in the news. The translational aspect of this kind of science was ultimately what led me to choose a degree in a broader scientific topic, but with a specialization in technology. After graduating from the University of Glasgow in 2016, I moved to Leeds to join their CDT in Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine. The CDT looked to fulfil all my interests; namely the multi-disciplinary nature of medical engineering and the opportunity to gain experience in technology commercialisation. To widen my perception of business, I’ve undertaken entrepeneurial initiatives and a secondment in an early-stage start-up. Within the academic setting, I assist with lab demonstration and have helped found a wellbeing support network for postgraduates in engineering. With respect to my research, I’ve always had a great interest in neural and cardiovascular pathology and immunology, so finding a project that combines the complexities of these systems and the related biological and physical sciences has been very fulfilling.

Research interests

In non-traumatic spinal cord injury (NT-SCI), the interlinked pathology of vascular disruption and neural damage is greatly inferred, but has never been fully elucidated. My research aims to ascertain the strains at which low-level, progressive compression manifests symptomatically, relative to occlusion of spinal cord vasculature and a reduction in blood flow and oxygen content. In vivo modelling of NT-SCI aims to compare the severity of vascular occlusion to functional outcome, with these strain data being implemented into in silico models to better understand the changes to oxygen presence in the porous “vascular” medium of the spinal cord. 


  • MSc Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
  • BSc Molecular and Cellular Biology (with Biotechnology)

Research groups and institutes

  • Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering