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    Professor Reineke featured in 'Celebrating Women Chemists' virtual issue

Professor Theresa Reineke is featured in Bioconjugate Chemistry's "Women in Bioconjugate Chemistry: Celebrating Women Scientists" virtual issue! This issue celebrates women in science. Associate Editor Erin Lavik, a professor at the University of Maryland, writes: I unabashedly celebrate women in science and call on my colleagues to do the same. Celebrate the women who are collaborating across disciplines, developing new understanding and new ideas. Celebrate the women who publish groundbreaking research in our journal and in all the journals beyond ours. Celebrate the women who are not letting the trappings of other people’s expectations and assumptions define what is possible. Science is better for women scientists, and the world is better for their discoveries."

Reineke is internationally recognized for her transformative research contributions to the field of polymeric materials chemistry; leadership of innovative and collaborative research teams across the University of Minnesota campus; excellent track record of entrepreneurship and technology licensing; and service to societies and organizations in her research field. She is a leading researcher in the fields of polymer chemistry, drug delivery, gene therapy and diagnostics, and biomaterials science. Earlier this year, she was honored as a 2018 POLY Fellow by the American Chemical Society Division of Polymer Chemistry. Her research group members specialize in the synthetic design, chemical characterization, and biological study of designer macromolecules. Her research group seeks to discover novel delivery vehicles for nucleic acids and drugs, elucidate cellular-level mechanisms of biomaterial function, and impart enhanced material performance through the use of sustainable feedstocks.

For this issue, Reineke is asked, "Would you ever leave science or engineering? Why?" Her response: “Honestly, there have been difficult moments when this question has crossed my mind, however, the answer is no.  Mentoring our future generation of scientists and engineers, fostering their development as professional people, and instilling the importance of scientific discovery while maintaining good professional relationships are all very important to me in my position as a professor.”

The virtual issues also features Reineke's research, "Lipophilic Polycation Vehicles Display High Plasmid DNA Delivery to Multiple Cell Types," which was published in Bioconjugate Chemistry in 2017, DOI: 10.1021/acs.bioconjchem.7b00306.