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Dr Elizabeth Laird DipStat(Open), BSc, PGCertHE, PhD, FHEA

Reader Musculoskeletal Biology I


Personal Statement

Current role:
Reader in Musculoskeletal Biology, University of Liverpool

Previous roles:
Senior Lecturer in Musculoskeletal Biology, University of Liverpool
Lecturer in Orthopaedic Sciences, University of Liverpool
Post-doctoral Research Associate, Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell-Matrix Research

PhD Biochemistry (Arthritis Research UK studentship), University of Manchester
Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, University of Liverpool
BSc Hons (2:1) Biochemistry and Biological Chemistry, University of Nottingham
Diploma in Statistics, Open University

Research summary:
My research goals are to characterise the mechanisms of collagenous tissue development, repair and renewal. This research is important because age-related degeneration and loss of function is associated with chronic pain, reduced mobility and disease comorbidities. There is both a loss of tissue integrity and propensity to fibrosis indicating that homeostasis of the collagenous extracellular matrix is lost with age. Understanding the molecular processes that create functional tissues during development and growth, and which malfunction or cease to operate in aged tissues is key to developing new strategies for tissue engineering, to activate intrinsic stem cell repair mechanisms and to develop beneficial pharmaceutical, dietary or exercise-based interventions in an increasingly aged society.

Last updated 07Nov.2018

Personal Distinctions

  • Invited speaker, Aorta: Structure to Rupture, School of Engineering, University of Liverpool, UK (Invitation to Speak, 2018)
  • Selected presentation, Gordon Research Conference (Collagen), New London, NH, USA ( 2017)
  • Invited speaker, British Society for Matrix Biology (BSMB) spring meeting, Chester, UK (Invitation to Speak, 2016)
  • Invited speaker, British Society for Research on Ageing, 64th Annual Meeting, Liverpool, UK (Invitation to Speak, 2014)
  • External speaker, Botnar Institute of Musculoskeletal Sciences, University of Oxford, UK (Invitation to Speak, 2013)
  • Presentation at Tendinopathy: from basic science to treatment, BSMB meeting, Norwich, UK ( 2012)
  • Presentation at the Centre for Integrated Musculoskeletal Ageing (CIMA) launch event, Liverpool, UK (Invitation to Speak, 2012)
  • Presentation at the 4th International Workshop on Alkaptonuria, Cambridge, UK (Invitation to Speak, 2011)
  • Presentation at Tendon Biology and Pathology Satellite Symposium, Norwich, UK (Invitation to Speak, 2010)
  • Presentation at the 33rd FEBS Congress & 11th IUBMB Conference, Athens, Greece (Invitation to Speak, 2008)
  • Selected presentation and bursary, British Society for Matrix Biology Meeting, Cardiff, UK (Invitation to Speak, 2008)
  • Presentation at the Tendon Satellite Symposium, BSMB Meeting, Cambridge (Invitation to Speak, 2006)
  • Rupert Timpl Award Lecture, Oulu, Finland (Invitation to Speak, 2006)
  • Presentation at Metzincin Metalloproteases in Health and Disease, Ascona, Switzerland (Invitation to Speak, 2006)
  • The Rupert Timpl Award, International Society for Matrix Biology (Prize, International Society for Matrix Biology 2006)
  • Presentation at American Society for Cell Biology, Special Interest Subgroup, San Francisco, USA (Invitation to Speak, 2005)
  • University of Manchester Faculty of Life Sciences Research Prize Nominee Presentation (Invitation to Speak, 2005)
  • Collagen Gordon Research Conference Presentation, USA (Invitation to Speak, 2005)
  • Presentation at 6th Bispebjerg Symposium on Sport Medicine, Copenhagen, Denmark (Invitation to Speak, 2004)
  • The Masson-Gulland Memorial Prize and Medal, University of Nottingham (Prize, University of Nottingham, Chemistry Department 1997)

Administrative Roles

  • Human Materials Officer, Institute of Ageing and Chronic Disease (2017 - present)
  • Family Friendly Advisor, Institute of Ageing and Chronic Disease (2018 - present)
  • Scientific Steering Group Representative, The MRC-Arthritis Research UK Centre for Integrated Research into Musculoskeletal Ageing (CIMA) (2015 - present)
  • Radiation Protection Supervisor (Leahurst site main building, unsealed sources) (2012 - 2015)

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