Throughout completing an MEng in Biomaterials Engineering at Loughborough University, including an industrial placement year in orthopaedics at DePuy Synthes, Leah found a passion for contributing to the development and delivery of innovative healthcare solutions. During her undergraduate studies, Leah researched into developing responsive drug delivery systems based on cryogels, and following graduation in June 2020, she continued at DePuy Synthes as a Biomechanics Test Engineer in the lead up to starting a PhD in October 2020.
As a part of her PhD, Leah develops functionalised wound dressing materials using electrospinning technologies with the aim of overcoming complications in managing wounds. The primary focus of this research is infection prevention through using antimicrobial additives, and hypoxia alleviation through developing materials which can supply oxygen to compromised tissues.
Leah is supervised by Dr Elisa Mele and Dr Fiona Hatton.