Personal profile

Roles & Responsibilities


I graduated from the Scottish College of Textiles in 1994 with a first class honours degree in Textile and Clothing Technologies.  I was awarded the Ede and Ravenscroft prize for highest marks.  I worked for the John Lewis Partnership as a graduate trainee and staff trainer before taking up a lectureship in Textiles in 1996 at Heriot-Watt University.  I undertook my PhD part-time, whilst employed as a full-time lecturer.  In 2004, I graduated with my PhD in pressure garments for the treatment of hypertrophic scars and was awarded the Macfarlane Prize for outstanding contribution to the University’s research.  I continue to teach textiles and research medical compression products.  I am currently heavily involved in teaching on our masters programs and also teach 3 undergraduate courses.  I won the University's 'Learning and Teaching Oscar' for being 'Switched on' (most engaging lecturer) in the award's inagural year (2010) and was shortlisted for the same award in 2012 and 2014, I was shortlisted for the 'Refreshing' oscar in 2016 and won the 'Graduates' teaching prize' in 2017.

I sit on the British Standards Committee for medical compression hosiery.  I regularly review articles for international research journals and grant applications for an international grants council.  I have led research funded by the Technology Strategy Board,  Innovate UK, Textile Future Forum, Arts and Humanities Research Council and projects part supported by the Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters and the Clothworkers Company.  I am currently co-investigator on an MRC CiC grant led by a clinician from University of Edinburgh. I have been a Programme Director, Research Student Coordinator and the Director of Research during my time at the School of Textiles and Design. 

I have published in international research journals and pre-print versions of these papers are available for download on my Research Gate page at


Current research interests

  • New structures and materials for improved pressure delivery in anti-embolism stockings.
  • Test method evaluation and development for compression products.
  • The impact of design variables and pattern cutting techniques on pressure distribution around irregular body parts.
  • Developing new sensor technologies for low pressure measurements at garment/body interface.
  • Ongoing evaluations of commercial fabrics for compression product construction.


Research students

I have supervised 1 MSc by research, 1 MPhil and 5 PhD students to successful completion and am currently supervising 3 PhD and 1MSc by research students.  I am happy to consider applications for self-funding or funded/sponsored students wishing to undertake PhD, MPhil or Masters by research projects in medical or sports compression.  Potential students interested in undertaking such research should email me in the first instance.



I have undertaken a range of consultancy projects including delivery of training to industry, product evaluation and technical report writing.  Current consultancy activity is focussed on developing bespoke pressure garment design tools for 5 international businesses.  



  • TS Manufactures
  • medical compression
  • elastic fabrics
  • pressure measurement
  • pressure garments
  • knitting technology
  • compression

Fingerprint Fingerprint is based on mining the text of the person's scientific documents to create an index of weighted terms, which defines the key subjects of each individual researcher.

Embolism Medicine & Life Sciences
authenticity Social Sciences
weaver Social Sciences
Pressure Medicine & Life Sciences
Hypertrophic Cicatrix Medicine & Life Sciences
Aftercare Medicine & Life Sciences
Clothing Medicine & Life Sciences
Product development Engineering & Materials Science

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Research Output 1998 2018

Nanocomposite-Based Microstructured Piezoresistive Pressure Sensors for Low-Pressure Measurement Range

Mitrakos, V., Hands, P. J. W., Cummins, G., Macintyre, L., Denison, F. C., Flynn, D. & Desmulliez, M. P. Y. 26 Jan 2018 In : Micromachines. 9, 2, 15 p., 43

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Pressure sensors
Pressure measurement
Composite materials
Multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCN)

Anti-embolism stockings, the similarities and differences

Rae, M., Macintyre, L. & Dahale, M. 10 Apr 2017 In : Journal of The Textile Institute. p. 1-7 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Product development

Design, manufacture and testing of capacitive pressure sensors for low-pressure measurement ranges

Mitrakos, V., Macintyre, L., Denison, F., Hands, P. & Desmulliez, M. P. Y. 1 Feb 2017 In : Micromachines. 8, 2, 10 p., 41

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
pressure sensors
pressure measurement
low pressure
Open Access
Venous Thrombosis

Impact of moisture on the pressure delivering potential of pressure garments

Macintyre, L., Dahale, M. & Rae, M. Jul 2016 In : Journal of Burn Care and Research. 37, 4, p. e365–e373 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Activities 2008 2014

  • 8 Publication peer-review

Journal of Biomechanical Engineering (Journal)

Macintyre, L. (Peer reviewer)
2014 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review

Nursing Research (Journal)

Macintyre, L. (Peer reviewer)
2014 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review

Textile Research Journal (Journal)

Macintyre, L. (Peer reviewer)
2014 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review

Medical Engineering and Physics (Journal)

Macintyre, L. (Peer reviewer)
2011 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review

Journal of The Textile Institute (Journal)

Macintyre, L. (Peer reviewer)
2010 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review