Prof. Liz Tanner is a Professor of Biomedical Materials at the University of Glasgow where she established the undergraduate and MSc degrees in Biomedical Engineering, the first BEng and MEng degrees on the field in Scotland. She studied Engineering Science at the University of Oxford and then obtained a PhD in the same field when she was based at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Engineering Centre, Oxford. In 1998, she was appointed Professor of Biomedical Materials at the Queen Mary University of London. Between 2001 and 2009, she was a member of the Executive Committee of the European Society for Biomaterials. In 2006, she was also elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. Moreover, she is a member of various Editorial Boards, including Journal of the Royal Society Interface.
Her research interests are focused on the development and use of bioactive materials for bone augmentation and replacement. She mainly focuses on understanding the interaction between the materials used in clinics and the human body. One of her main achievement is the development of HAPEX®, a composite made of bone mineral in polyethylene, which was used in about half a million middle ear implants since the 1990s. In parallel, she has been involved in projects on the mechanical properties of bone and how they are affected by bone pathologies.