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Kara E. McCloskey

Title: 
Associate Professor
Phone: 
(209) 228-7885
Education: 
  • Ph.D., 2001 — Ohio State University & Cleveland Clinic Foundation (Joint)
  • M.S., 1999 — Chemical Engineering, Ohio State University
  • B.S., 1996 — Chemical Engineering, Ohio State University
Research Interests: 

Tissue engineering is a sub/cross discipline that focuses on the design, development and maintenance of tissue products that are used for repairing, improving or restoring tissue function. This field is still in its infancy, and many problems and challenges exist that have yet to be overcome before safe, high-quality engineered tissue products are available in the marketplace. Therefore, my research focuses on:

  • Deriving and characterizing pure populations from stem cells in vitro
  • Comparing the function of such cells with mature cells derived in vivo
  • Using these cells towards regenerative medicine applications
  • Tissue engineering and cell therapy approaches
  • Cardiovascular cell lineage, but plan to expand into other cell systems long-term
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Background: 

The marriage of science, technology and medicine holds endless promise for humankind. Breakthroughs in the study and mapping of the human genome have spawned entirely new fields of research aimed at regenerative medicine - the repair or replacement of injured or destroyed body tissue with biologically engineered substitutes.

This, in turn, has triggered the rapid emergence of new industries and collaborations dedicated to bringing tissue-engineered products to the medical marketplace. McCloskey is a chemical engineer who applies standard engineering principles, such as analysis and design, to the field of stem cells and tissue engineering. She can comment broadly on the science and technology of biomedical engineering and the process by which new tissue products may be developed and tested. She is also capable of framing the issues around stem-cell technology and cloning, which have emerged as lightning-rod issues throughout the world.

McCloskey earned both her B.S. and M.S. in chemical engineering from Ohio State University. She holds a Ph. D. jointly from Ohio State and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. She has co-authored numerous articles on stem cells and cell properties.