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Professor and Department Head

Dr. Ki Chon
Phone: (860) 486-4767
Email: kchon@uconn.edu


Lisa Ephraim
Undergraduate Academic Advisor
Phone: (860) 486-0163
E-mail: lisae@engr.uconn.edu

Jennifer Seyford
Administrative Program Support III
Phone: (860) 486-0116
E-mail: jennifer.seyford@uconn.edu

Birgit Sawstrom
Administrative Program Support II
Phone: (860) 486-1267 
E-mail: birgit.sawstrom@uconn.edu

Sowmya Ramesh
Financial Assistant I
Phone: (860) 486-7139
E-mail: sowmya.ramesh@uconn.edu

Sarah Dunnack
Administrative Program Support I
Phone: (860) 486-5838
E-mail: sarah.dunnack@uconn.edu



Main Office Address

Biomedical Engineering Department
A.B. Bronwell Building, Room 217
260 Glenbrook Road, Unit 3247
University of Connecticut
Storrs, CT 06269-3247
Phone: (860) 486-5838
Fax: (860) 486-2500

Burke, Kelly

Kelly A Burke, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor 
Research Interests:  
biomaterials, biopolymers, soft tissue engineering and regenerative medicine

Institute of Materials Science Room 205B

97 North Eagleville Road Unit 3136

Storrs, CT 06269-3136

Office Phone:   
Office Fax:   (860) 486-2959

B.S.E. University of Connecticut

Ph.D. Case Western Reserve University

NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, Biomedical Engineering, Tufts University

Research Summary:

Our lab’s research is centered on the synthesis and characterization of functional polymeric materials. The core of this research is aimed at leveraging synthetic techniques and processing methods to manipulate polymer structures at various length scales and to use these structures to control bulk and interfacial material properties. We study both synthetic polymers and naturally occurring biopolymers, with current research projects focusing on advanced materials for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.


Information about current research projects can be found at http://cbe.engr.uconn.edu/person/kelly-burke/


Selected Publications:
  1. Burke, K.A.; Roberts, D.C.; Kaplan, D.L. “Silk Fibroin Aqueous-Based Adhesives Inspired by Mussel Adhesive Proteins.” Biomacromolecules 2016, 17, (1), 237-245.
  2. Burke, K.A.; Brenckle, M.A.; Kaplan, D.L; Omenetto, F.G. “Evaluation of the Spectral Response of Functionalized Silk Inverse Opals as Colorimetric Immunosensors.” ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces 2016, 8(25), 16218-26.
  3. Partlow, B.P.; Hanna, C.W.; Rnjak-Kovacina, J.; Moreau, J.E.; Applegate, M.B; Burke, K.A.; Marelli, B.; Mitropoulos, A.N.; Omenetto, F.G.; Kaplan, D.L. “Highly tunable elastomeric silk biomaterials.” Advanced Functional Materials 2014, 24, (29), 4615-4624.
  4. Davis, K.A.; Burke K.A.; Mather P.T.; Henderson J.H., “Dynamic cell behavior on shape memory polymer substrates.” Biomaterials 2011, 32, 2285-2293.
  5. Burke, K.A.; Mather, P. T. “Soft Shape Memory in Liquid Crystalline Elastomers.” Journal of Materials Chemistry 2010, 20, (17), 3449-3457.