Liz Knapp, MS

Office of Technology Commercialization, Program Manager

Liz is a Program Manager for the Southeast XLerator Network in the Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC) at the University of Kentucky (UK).  She works to facilitate the engagement of both biomedical researchers and tech transfer offices at NIH-IDeA funded Universities in the Southeast in the process of moving their discoveries from their labs into marketable products and viable businesses.

Prior to joining the OTC, Liz did program development work for NASA Kentucky and spent 14 years at the Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation in various roles as Assistant Director of the Kentucky EPSCoR Program, co-founder and IT Program Manager for the Kentucky Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs and Program Manager of the Kentucky Science and Engineering Foundation. Prior to her administrative career facilitating STEM research and entrepreneurial education, Liz was a Biomechanics Research Assistant in the Sports Science and Technology Division at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs evaluating athlete performance and conducting injury rehabilitation research, and also served as laboratory manager of UK’s Experimental and Computational Neuroscience Lab conducting spinal cord injury rehabilitation research. Liz earned degrees in Biology from the University of Pennsylvania and a Masters of Biomechanics in Kinesiology and Health Promotion from the University of Kentucky.