Iain Young gained BSc and PhD in Zoology/Biomechanics from the University of Leeds. Before joining the University of Liverpool in 2002 he held research positions at the University of Pennsylvania and personal fellowships at the Marine Biology Laboratory in Woods Hole, USA.
Iain Young has a broad experience of teaching physiology, cell biology and functional anatomy to science, veterinary and medical students. He was the original Programme Director of the Bioveterinary Science Programme - the first Bioveterinary Science Programme based in a UK School of Veterinary Science (Bioveterinary Science: development of a discipline: Nature Biotechnology 21, p339–340 https://doi.org/10.1038/nbt0303-339).
Iain Young’s primary research focus is the use of physiology and proteomics to understand the growth and development of muscle. Iain also promotes cross-disciplinary approaches (biology, electronics, sensor development, agrotechnology) to address food security challenges; working closely with industry to develop new approaches and new technologies and delivering R&D. This has resulted in funding and projects (EU, BBSRC, TSB/Innovate UK) as diverse as novel sensor development for water quality measurement, anaerobic digestion of agriculture by-products, new and more sustainable protein sources for aquaculture feeds, smart monitoring and advanced water treatment technologies. He has translated his enthusiasm for cross-disciplinary approaches and sustainability into teaching as a member of a "Challenges in Sustainability" initiative including modules and teachers from Civil Engineering, Geography and Planning, Management School, Architecture and Biology, focussing on authentic assessment in the Living Laboratory of the Liverpool Knowledge Quarter. This initiative gained national recognition as a finalist in the 2016 Green Gown Awards.
Iain Young is also a Hall Warden responsible for Dover Court and Philharmonic Court Halls of Residence.