Andrea Kasinski, Purdue University, USA
Andrea Kasinski, PhD, is the William and Patty Miller Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences at Purdue University. After finishing her PhD with Dr. Haian Fu at Emory University, Dr. Kasinski worked as a Post-Doc with Prof. Frank J. Slack at Yale University.
Her laboratory focuses on identifying biologically important RNAs whose misexpression drives the tumorigenic process and utilizes this information to design, develop, and implement RNA-based therapeutics. She showed therapeutic benefit for both lentiviral- and systemically delivered miR-34 in multiple murine cancer models. These studies were instrumental in advancing the first miRNA therapeutic MRX34, into clinical trials.
Dr. Kasinski is also involved in developing and testing novel small RNA delivery platforms. In collaboration with Dr. Philip Low, she developed FolamiRs – folate-conjugated microRNAs for vehicle-free delivery.