Andrea M. Kasko



Andrea M. Kasko graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.S. in Chemistry.  In 1999, she obtained a M.S.E. in Macromolecular Science Engineering from Case Western Reserve University under the direction of Professor Virgil Percec, and in 2004 she obtained a PhD in Polymer Science at the University of Akron working with Professor Coleen Pugh. After two years of post-doctoral research sponsored by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, under the direction of Professor Kristi Anseth at the University of Colorado, Boulder, Andrea joined the Bioengineering Department at UCLA, where she is currently a Full Professor.


Research Interests

The overall theme of her research group is the synthesis of new polymeric biomaterials, focusing specifically in two areas: dynamically controllable biomaterials and biomimetic and bio-derived materials.


1999 – 2004             Ph.D., Polymer Science, The University of Akron, Akron, OH; “Controlled Synthesis of Mesogenic Star Polymers and their Miscibility with Polymers with other Architectures” Research Advisor: Professor Coleen Pugh

1997 – 1999             M.S.E., Macromolecular Science, Case Western Reserve University, Department of Macromolecular Science Engineering Cleveland, OH Research Advisor: Professor Virgil Percec

1993 – 1997             B.S., Chemistry, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI Undergraduate Research Advisor: Professor Coleen Pugh (1996-1997)

Professional Experience

2019 –                      Professor, Department of Bioengineering, UCLA

2013 – 2019            Associate Professor, Department of Bioengineering, UCLA

2006 – 2013            Assistant Professor, Department of Bioengineering, UCLA

2004 – 2006            Postdoctoral Research Associate, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado. Research Advisor: Professor Kristi Anseth

Honors and Awards

NIH Director’s New Innovator Award (2011)

Doc Stevenson Award for Outstanding Faculty in Residence (2012, 2014)