Elisa Mele is Senior Lecturer in Biomaterials at the Materials Department of Loughborough University. Elisa completed her MSc 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). Her research interests include: biocompatible and natural polymers for regenerative medicine, wound dressings with antimicrobial activity and enhanced cell proliferation, functional nanocomposites with controlled surface and mechanical properties. She is author of more than 70 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals, 4 book chapters and 9 patents.