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F. Kurtis Kasper, Ph.D.

Faculty Fellow

email: kasper [at] rice.edu

Kurt Kasper presently holds an appointment as a Faculty Fellow in the Department of Bioengineering at Rice University. He received his bachelor degree in biomedical engineering from Case Western Reserve University and his doctorate in bioengineering from Rice University.

Kasper’s research focuses upon the development and evaluation of novel biomaterial-based approaches for tissue regeneration, cell encapsulation, and the controlled delivery of therapeutics. Kasper is principal investigator on a research project grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop injectable hydrogel systems for the delivery of growth factors and adult-derived stem cells to promote tissue regeneration in bone and cartilage defects. He also served as principal investigator of a recent project sponsored by the Department of Defense to develop biomaterial-based approaches for craniofacial bone regeneration.

His research has resulted in over 85 peer-reviewed publications, which have collectively received more than 850 citations (h-index of 18), and he has authored more than 12 book chapters.

Kasper has been recognized recently with a variety of awards and honors, including the Young Investigator Award of the Society For Biomaterials (2013), the Young Alumnus Award of the Alumni Association of Case Western Reserve University (2012), the Hershel M. Rich Invention Award of Rice University (2011), the Graduate Student Association's Faculty Teaching and Mentoring Award of Rice University (2011), and the Young Investigator Award of the North American Chapter of the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society (2011).

Kasper serves on the editorial boards of the journals Tissue Engineering, Parts A, B and C as well as Experimental Biology and Medicine. His professional society memberships include the Society For Biomaterials, the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society, the Biomedical Engineering Society, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the American Chemical Society, the Controlled Release Society, and the American Society for Engineering Education.

He maintains active leadership and service roles with a variety of organizations in the Greater Houston Community, including his current service on the Board of Directors of the Association of Rice Alumni.