• The University of Western Australia (M519), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Dr Elena Juan Pardo is the Laboratory Head of the tissue engineering laboratory, Translational 3D Printing Laboratory for Advanced Tissue Engineering (T3mPLATE), at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research. Dr Juan Pardo also holds a Senior Lecturer position at The University of Western Australia (UWA). 

After starting her career as a materials engineer, working on fusion reactors, Elena decided to transfer her engineering skills to the medical world. With extensive experience in biomaterials and biofabrication, Elena has focussed her research on tissue engineering, regenerative medicine and in vitro modelling.

Dr. Elena Juan-Pardo has over 15 years’ experience in developing biomaterials and 3D printing technologies for tissue engineering, regenerative medicine and 3D in vitro disease models. She has worked in 3 different continents and acquired a wide set of interdisciplinary skills at the interface between engineering, biology and medicine. Dr. Juan-Pardo is passionate about bringing the latest advances in biomaterials, 3D printing and bioprinting to the clinic for the treatment of cardiovascular diseases. She is an internationally recognised expert in a novel biofabrication technique called melt electrowriting (MEW), a high-resolution 3D printing technique that she exploits to design personalised scaffolds or templates for the regeneration of heart valves, vascular grafts and other cardiovascular medical devices. MEW scaffolds combined with hydrogels allow the tailoring of the biomechanical properties of newly designed devices to obtain native tissue-like mechanical properties to restore function while stimulating the endogenous regenerative response.

Her current research involves the development of a pioneering 3D printing technology, known as melt electrowriting, which enables the production of highly controlled cellular scaffolds for tissue engineering and biomedical applications.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

Education/Academic qualification

Mechanical Engineering, Ph.D. (Dr.-Eng.), (Thesis work completed at the Max-Planck-Institute for Plasma Physics), Technical University of Munich

Award Date: 13 Oct 2004

Materials Engineering, M.S., University of Navarra

Award Date: 30 Jun 2001

Industrial Engineering, B.S., University of Navarra

Award Date: 1 Sept 1998

External positions

Adjunct Clinical Senior Lecturer, Curtin University

3 Jul 20233 Jul 2026

Co-Founder and Director, CoraMetix Pty Ltd

18 Apr 2023 → …

Adjunct A/Prof., Queensland University of Technology

10 Aug 20199 Aug 2022

Research expertise keywords

  • Biofabrication
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Tissue engineering
  • Regenerative medicine
  • Melt electrowriting


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