Loughborough University
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Department of Materials

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Dr Elisa Mele

Senior Lecturer - Biomaterials

Tel: 01509 228595



Elisa completed her Masters degree in Physics at the University of Lecce (Italy) in 2003. She obtained the PhD in Innovative Materials and Technologies in 2007 at the Superior Institute of Interdisciplinary Education of the University of Salento (Italy) under the supervision of Prof R. Cingolani, working on nanofabrication strategies for organic optoelectronic devices.

In 2005, Elisa won a Marie Curie fellowship at the Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas (FORTH), Heraklion (Greece) for developing surfaces with optically switchable wettability. In 2008, she became a Post-doc Research Associate in the group of Prof. D. A. Weitz at the Department of Physics of Harvard University, where she acquired expertise on microfluidic devices for the production of hydrogel micro-particles and for investigating the biophysical properties of normal and diseased renal glomeruli.

During the appointments as Post-doc Research Associate at the National Nanotechnology Laboratory and at the Centre for Biomolecular Nanotechnologies (Lecce, Italy), Elisa worked on microfluidic platforms integrating functional elements for DNA amplification, food safety and for studying the growth and differentiation of human renal stem cells.

From 2012 to 2015, Elisa was Research Group Leader at the Nanophysics Department of the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), Genoa (Italy), conducting research on biopolymers derived from natural sources, such as plants and marine environment, with application in tissue engineering for skin regeneration and in drug delivery systems. In April 2015, she joined the Department of Materials of Loughborough University as Senior Lecturer in Polymer Science.


2011     Qualification as Researcher in Physical Sciences at the National Research Council (CNR, Italy)

2007     PhD in Innovative Materials and Technologies (University of Salento, Italy)

2003     MSc in Physics (University of Lecce, Italy)

Current teaching responsibilities

- MPP509: Biomaterials

- MPF001: Materials and Materials Processing

- MPP506/606: Plastics and Composites Applications

- MPB201: Structures and Properties of Polymers

- MPA100: Materials and Processing for Designers 

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