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Dr Jennifer Paxton

Lecturer in Anatomy

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Phone: 0131 651 5250

Willingness to take Ph.D. students: Yes


Jennifer began her studies at the University of Glasgow with a BSc (Hons) in Anatomy, graduating in 2004. Following this, she undertook a MSc in Bioengineering at the University of Strathclyde where she combined her anatomical knowledge with engineering principles to understand the ways in which engineering science can be applied to advances in healthcare. Here, Jennifer was introduced to the field of Tissue Engineering and so on completion of her MSc, she moved to the University of Dundee where she completed her PhD in Tissue Engineering in 2009. Jennifer then undertook a period of postdoctoral research in the School of Chemical Engineering at the University of Birmingham from 2009-2013. Jennifer joined the University of Edinburgh in early 2014 as a Lecturer in Anatomy.



BSc (Hons) Anatomy, University of Glasgow, 2004

MSc (Distinction) Bioengineering, University of Strathclyde, 2005

PhD Tissue Engineering, University of Dundee, 2009


Research Interests

Musculoskeletal tissue engineering and using 3D culture systems as in vitro models of musculoskeletal disease

Research Groups

Centre for Integrative Physiology (CIP)

My research in a nutshell

Tissue engineering is a multidisiplininary field with the potential to revolutionise healthcare. It combines the principles of biology with engineering and aims to build functional tissues to replace damaged tissues/organs following injury or disease.

My research focusses on the musculoskeletal system - the bones, muscles, tendons/ligaments that help us to move. We investigate ways to build musculoskeletal tissues in the laboratory for implantation. For example, tendons, the thick, strap-like tissue that attaches muscles to bones, are often injured/ruptured in sports and fail to heal well, causing pain and debilitation. We aim to grow new tendons that could be implanted into the patient allowing full functional repair and improving quality of life.


CIP research profile



Year 1: Biomedical Sciences 1

Year 2: Anatomy & Pathology 2

MBChB: Years 1-4



MSc Human Anatomy

PGDip Anatomical Sciences


Administrative Roles

Programme Director for PGDip Anatomical Sciences

Research activities & awards

  1. Experimental Biology 2015

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

  2. Public engagment

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventPublic Engagement – Schools engagement

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