Elisabeth Kugler is a scientist at the interface of biology and biomedical image analysis.
She conducted her BSc in Biology and MSc in Molecular Biology at the University of Innsbruck (Austria) and interned at the Medical University of Innsbruck (Austria) and EMBL Heidelberg (Germany).
Elisabeth combines experimental sciences with computational modelling to understand the biological processes that underpin vascular development and disease.
For her PostDoc as UCL Research Fellow, she aims to build an image-based model to describe neurovascular development in the zebrafish retina. To achieve this, Elisabeth works with Dr. Ryan MacDonald, Prof. John Greenwood, and Prof. Christiana Ruhrberg.
For her PhD at the University of Sheffield (United Kingdom), Elisabeth developed image analysis pipelines to quantify and describe the zebrafish brain vasculature in 3D. Additionally, she discovered and characterised a previously undescribed cell membrane behaviour in brain vessels, termed kugeln. For her work, Elisabeth used state-of-the-art light sheet fluorescence microscopy to visualize the vasculature in 3D, in vivo, and prolonged periods of time. Elisabeth performed her PhD under the supervision of Dr Paul Armitage and Prof Dr Tim Chico, at the Infection, Immunity, and Cardiovascular Disease Department and Bateson Centre.
For her PhD, Elisabeth was awarded the Ian Peake award for research excellence, a career development bridging fund from the Insigneo Institute for in silico medicine, and a Honourable Mention Doctoral Research Award #DRA2020 in Natural & Life Sciences.
Elisabeth's data acquisition and processing skills are exemplified by having been invited to disseminate her work via expert talks (eg. MDHRSA Biomedical Imaging Research Forum 2019), journal covers (eg. EMBO Reports), winning image competitions, and acting as reviewer.
She demonstrated and developed her leadership skills as founder and chair of a departmental student society and member of the Faculty PGR Society. In parallel, Elisabeth acted as faculty peer mentor and student representative at the Medical School Athena SWAN (Scientific Women's Academic Network) committee.
Her long term career aim is to lead an internationally acclaimed interdisciplinary research laboratory combining vascular biology, neuroscience, biophysics, and computational biology.