Dr. Lauren Kokai is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Plastic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh and a member of the Adipose Stem Cell Research Center.
Dr. Kokai earned her PhD from the University of Pittsburgh in 2009 from the Department of Bioengineering and completed a dissertation on polymer drug delivery vehicles for nerve regeneration. From 2006-2008, Dr. Kokai was a Fellowship participant in the NIH Cellular Approaches to Tissue Engineering and Regeneration (CATER) Program of the McGowan Institute.
Dr. Kokai also has experience in developing and testing regenerative medicine products and has worked for a leading international pharmaceutical company, Allergan Medical in Santa Barbara, California. She currently develops bioassays and performs in vivo testing for Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation (Edison, NJ) with a focus in soft tissue regeneration.
Other research interests include adult stem cell immunomodulatory functions and bioprocessing for commercialization.
Currently, Dr. Kokai is a co-investigator on the research project entitled “Injectable Engineered Tissue for Cancer Reconstruction.” Peter Rubin, MD, is the project’s principal investigator.
Dr. Kokai is an ad-hoc reviewer for several journals, Biomaterials, Journal of Biomaterials Science: Polymer Edition, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Aesthetic Surgery Journal, and Stem Cells and Development, to name a few.
View a list of Dr. Kokai’s publications here.