Layla Bashir Larsen has a joint post as a Lecturer in the School of Engineering and Digital Arts, University of Kent and as a Clinical Engineer for the East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust.
She received her B.Eng. (Hons.) degree in Medical Engineering from Bradford University, her M.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Surrey and her Ph.D. in Microengineering from the University of Birmingham. Dr Larsen is a registered Clinical Scientist in the field of Clinical Engineering.
Prior to working in Kent, Dr Larsen was a post doctoral researcher at the Department of Micro and Nanotechnology, Technical University of Denmark. Here she worked on a multidisciplinary EU project titled Nanobio4Trans, focussing on the development of an extracorporeal bioartificial liver by integrating stem cell, microfluidic, polymer and sensing technologies. For her PhD at the University of Birmingham, she worked on the development of MEMS-based biomimetic tactile sensors for artificial finger applications. She has previously worked as a Clinical Engineer for the South Birmingham Primary Care NHS Trust, conducting assessments of people with physical disabilities for provision of electronic assistive technology.
Dr Larsen currently has a varied role within the Clinical Engineering modality covering medical device governance, working as a clinician for the Kent and Medway Communication and Assistive Technology Service and carrying out research in the interface of healthcare and engineering. Her research interests include tissue engineering, biomimetic sensors and control and interfaces of assistive technologies.
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