Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon University
4400 Fifth Avenue
Mellon Institute
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


PhD, Chemistry
September 2015
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

BS and MS in Chemical Technology and Biotechnology
2008, 2010
D. Mendeleev University of Chemical Technology of Russia, Moscow, Russia


Postdoctoral Researcher
Carnegie Mellon University, Dept. of Chemistry
October 2015 – Present
Advisor: Krzysztof Matyjaszewski, J. C. Warner Professor of the Natural Sciences
Summary: Bio mini group leader – development of polymer materials for biomedical applications, mentoring junior graduate students, representing the group in CMU Center for Polymer-Based Protein Engineering

PhD Student
Carnegie Mellon University, Dept. of Chemistry
PhD Advisor: Krzysztof Matyjaszewski, J. C. Warner Professor of the Natural Sciences
Thesis Title: Development of Aqueous ATRP for Biomedical Applications       

Bayer Material Science, Pittsburgh, PA
Intern in coatings, adhesives, specialties department 

Ivanovsky Institute of Virology of Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, Moscow, Russia  
Research assistant

University of Rostock, Rostock, Germany    
Summer Intern

Winogradsky Institute of Microbiology of Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia
Undergraduate research assistant                                            

University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK
Summer Intern

Max-Planck-Institute for Bioinorganic Chemistry, Muelheim, Germany
Summer Intern


  • Chmielarz P., Park S., Simakova A., Matyjaszewski K. Electrochemically mediated ATRP of acrylamides in water.
    Polymer 2015, 60, 302-307
  • Yong X., Simakova A., Averick S., Gutierrez J., Kuksenok O., Balazs A., Matyjaszewski K. Stackable, Covalently Fused Gels: Repair and Composite Formation.
    Macromolecules 2015, 48 , 1169-1178
  • Averick, S. E.; Bazewicz, C. G.; Woodman, B. F.; Simakova, A.; Mehl, R. A.; Matyjaszewski, K. Protein-Polymer Hybrids: Conducting ARGET ATRP from a Genetically Encoded Cleavable ATRP Initiator.
    European Polymer Journal 2013, 49, 2919-2924
  • Simakova, A., Mackenzie, M., Averick, S. E., Park, S. and Matyjaszewski, K. Bioinspired Iron-Based Catalyst for Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization.
    Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2013, 52, 12148–12151
  • Matyjaszewski, K., Averick, S. E., Simakova, A. Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization under biologically relevant conditions.
    US Patent WO/2013/028756
  • Konkolewicz, D.; Magenau, A. J. D.; Averick, S. E.; Simakova, A.; He, H.; Matyjaszewski, K. ICAR ATRP with ppm Cu Catalyst in Water.
    Macromolecules 2012, 45, 4461–4468
  • Averick A., Magenau A., Simakova A., Woodman B. , Seong A.,  Mehl R. , and Matyjaszewski K. Covalent Incorporated Protein-Nanogels using AGET ATRP in an Inverse Miniemulsion.
    Polymer Chemistry 2011, 2, 1476-1478 
  • Simakova, A.; Averick, S. E.; Konkolewicz, D.; Matyjaszewski, K. Aqueous ARGET ATRP.
    Macromolecules 2012, 45, 6371–6379
  • Simakova, A., Averick, S., Park, S., Konkolewicz, D., Magenau, A. J. D., Mehl, R. A., & Matyjaszewski, K. ATRP under Biologically Relevant Conditions: Grafting from a Protein.
    ACS Macro Letters 2011, 1, 6-10
  • Ivanova, V. T., Kurochkina, I. E., Ivanov, V. F., Il’ina, M. V., Trushakova, S. V., Shevchenko, E. S., Burtseva, E. I., Simakova, A. A., Manykin, A. A.,Nosik, N. N., Shneider, M. M., Timofeeva, A. V. Sapurina, I Iu. Viral sorption on polyaniline, carbon nanotubes and their based nanocomposites.
    Voprosy virusologii, 2011, 56, 19-23.