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Andrea Kasko, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Bioengineering
Member, California NanoSystems Institute

Ph.D., University of Akron, 2004
M.S., Case Western Reserve University, 1999

Honors and Awards:
2003 Goodyear Tire and Rubber, Goodyear Tire and Rubber Fellowship
2002 American Chemical Society, PMSE Division, Ford Travel Grant
1997 University of Michigan Honors Office, Otto Graf Research Award
1997 The University of Akron Department of Polymer Science, Akron, OH, Waldo Semon Undergraduate Research Competition Finalist
1997 Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland OH, Dow Fellowship
1997 University of Michigan Honors Office, Crutcheon Research Grant
1996 National Science Foundation, University of Michigan, Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)
1993 - 1996 University of Michigan, Michigan Competitive Scholar
1993 University of Michigan Department of Chemistry, Sokol Scholar
1992 Michigan Summer Institute for the Arts and Sciences, Michigan Summer Institute for the Arts and Sciences - Science and the Environment, polymer chemistry, Michigan Technological University

Professional Societies:
American Chemical Society, Polymer Division, PMSE Division

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Office Address: UCLA
Department of Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
BOX 951600, 5121 H Engineering V
Los Angeles, CA 90095
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Fax Number: 310-794-5956
Work Phone Number: (310) 794-6341
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Andrea Kasko earned her B.S. in Chemistry in 1997 at the University of Michigan, an M.S.E. in Macromolecular Science at Case Western Reserve University in 1999 under the advisement of Professor Virgil Percec, and a Ph.D. in Polymer Science 2004 at the University of Akron under the advisement of Professor Coleen Pugh. She worked as a post-doctoral research associate with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute under the advisement of Professor Kristi Anseth at the University of Colorado, Boulder from starting in September, 2004. In September, 2006, she joined the faculty at the Department of Bioengineering at UCLA.

Her doctoral research focused on the miscibility and solution behavior of side- chain liquid crystalline polymers with well-defined architectures synthesized by ATRP. Her research at the University of Colorado focused on developing photodegradable materials for tissue engineering and drug delivery, and investigating the effect of the mechanical microenvironment on cell activation with relation to fibrosis and heart valve disease. As a faculty member, she is pursuing a research program focusing on the development of novel materials for tissue engineering and drug delivery.

Selected Publications:

Pedron S, Kasko AM, Peinado C, Anseth KS, Effect of heparin oligomer chain length on the activation of valvular interstitial cells, Biomacromolecules, 2010, 11 (6), 1692-5.
Griffin DR, Patterson JT, Kasko AM, Photodegradation as a mechanism for controlled drug delivery, Biotechnol Bioeng, 2010, 107 (6), 1012-9.
Kloxin AM, Tibbitt MW, Kasko AM, Fairbairn JA, Anseth KS, Tunable hydrogels for external manipulation of cellular microenvironments through controlled photodegradation, Adv Mater, 2010, 22 (1), 61-6.
Kloxin, A. M. Kasko, A. M. Salinas, C. N. Anseth, K. S., Photodegradable Hydrogels for Dynamic Tuning of Physical and Chemical Properties, Science, 2009, 324 (5923), 59-63.
Pugh, C. Kasko, A. M. Grunwald, S. R., The effect of the core on the thermotropic behavior of three-arm star poly[11-(4 '-cyanophenyl-4 ''-phenoxy)undecyl acrylate]s synthesized by atom transfer radical polymerization, Journal of Polymer Science Part a-Polymer Chemistry, 2008, 46 (13), 4363-4382.
C.N. Salinas, B.B. Cole, A.M. Kasko and K.S., Chondrogenic differentiation potential of hMSCs photoencapsulated within PEGRGDS thiol-methacrylate mixed mode networks, Tissue Engineering , 2007, 13 (5), 1025-34.
Salinas CN, Cole BB, Kasko AM, Anseth KS, Chondrogenic differentiation potential of human mesenchymal stem cells photoencapsulated within poly(ethylene glycol)-arginine-glycine-aspartic acid-serine thiol-methacrylate mixed-mode networks, Tissue Eng, 2007, 13 (5), 1025-34.
A.M. Kasko and C. Pugh, Comparison of the Thermotropic and Solution Behavior of Six-Arm Star and Comb Poly[11-(4‘-cyanophenyl-4‘‘-phenoxy)undecyl acrylate]s, Macromolecules, 2006, 39 (20), 6800-6810.
Sebra, R.P.; Kasko, A.M.; Anseth, K.S.; Bowman, C.N., Synthesis and Photografting of Highly pH-Responsive Polymer Chains, Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical , 2006, 119 (1), 127-134.
C. Pugh, G. Fan and A.M. Kasko, Measurement of Chain Transfer Constants to Polymer Using Oligomers and Model Compounds: Chain Transfer to Poly[11-(4‘-cyanophenyl-4‘ ‘-phenoxy)undecyl acrylate] in Radical Polymerization, Macromolecules , 2005, 38 (19), 8071-8077.
K.M. Wollyung, K. Xu, M. Cochran, A. M. Kasko, W.L. Mattice, C. Wesdemiotis, and C. Pugh., Synthesis and Mass Spectrometry Studies of an Amphiphilic Polyether-Based Rotaxane That Lacks an Enthalpic Driving Force for Threading, Macromolecules , 2005, 38, 2574-2586.
A.M. Kasko and C. Pugh, Solution Behavior of Topological Isomers of Poly[11-(4'-cyanophenyl-4"-phenoxy)undecyl acrylate]s Prepared by Atom Transfer and Conventional Radical Polymerizations, Macromolecules, 2004, 37 (13), 4993-5001.
A.M. Kasko, S.R. Grunwald and C. Pugh, Effect of End-Groups on the Miscibility of Linear Poly[11-(4'-cyanophenyl-4''-phenoxy)undecyl acrylate]s Prepared via ATRP and their Topological Blends, Macromolecules, 2002, 35 (14), 5466-5474.
Yen-Ching, Chiang Jamieson, A. M. Yiqiang, Zhao Kasko, A. M. Pugh, C., Effect of molecular weight on the electrorheological behavior of side-chain liquid crystal polymers in nematic solvents, Polymer, 2002, 43 (18), 4887-4894.