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  • Professor Theresa Reineke
    02/22/18

    Professor Reineke named a 2018 POLY Fellow

Professor Theresa Reineke has been honored as a 2018 POLY Fellow by the American Chemical Society Division of Polymer Chemistry, recognized for her scientific accomplishments and service to the profession. She will be honored at the POLY/PMSE Awards Ceremony, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, at the ACS Spring National Meeting in New Orleans.

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. 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.

In addition to her research, Reineke is an active leader in the American Chemical Society. She helped launch a successful new research journal for the American Chemical Society, ACS MacroLetters, as a founding associate editor. She is also the founding faculty adviser for the University of Minnesota’s ACS Division of Polymer Chemistry and Polymeric Materials Science and Engineering student chapter.

Last year, Reineke was honored with the 2017 Carl S. Marvel Creative Polymer Chemistry Award.