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  • Theresa M. Reineke

    Distinguished McKnight University Professor

    • Polymer Chemistry, synthesis and characterization
    • Nanoscience & Materials Chemistry, polymers
    • Chemical Biology, macromolecules/polymers
    • Environmental & Green Chemistry, polymers
    • B.S. University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, 1995
    • M.S. Arizona State University, 1998
    • Ph.D. University of Michigan, 2000
    • Post Doctorate National Institutes of Health Post-doctoral Fellow, California Institute of Technology, 2000-2002
    Office: 239 Smith Hall

Principal Research Interests

The Reineke research group is focused on enabling fundamental scientific and applied technology advancements in three areas: 1) the design of polymer-based delivery systems that encapsulate DNA and RNA for genetic disease treatments, 2) the development of polymer-based delivery systems for enhancing oral delivery of important peptides and drugs, and 3) the creation of sustainable and environmentally friendly polymers/plastics from naturally occurring chemicals derived from plants. Studies in these areas are centered both on novel polymer synthesis, understanding the fundamental mechanisms involved in polymer function, and applied use of our materials for advanced material/biomaterial function. Our research is highly interdisciplinary and collaborative with numerous groups in chemistry, engineering, and medicine.

Honors and Awards

  • 2018 POLY Fellow by the American Chemical Society Division of Polymer Chemistry
  • 2017 Distinguished McKnight University Professorship (University of Minnesota)
  • 2017 Carl S. Marvel Creative Polymer Chemistry Award
  • 2016 Sara Evans Faculty Woman Scholar/Leader Award
  • 2016 George W. Taylor Award for Distinguished Research (University of Minnesota)
  • 2016 American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) Fellow
  • 2012 American Chemical Society Macro 2012 Lecture Award (Polymeric Materials: Science & Engineering Division of ACS)
  • 2012 Outstanding New Investigator Award (American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy)
  • 2011 Lloyd H. Reyerson Chaired Professorship (University of Minnesota)
  • 2009 National Institutes of Health Director’s New Innovator Award (National Institutes of Health)
  • 2008 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award (Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation)
  • 2007 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship (Alfred P. Sloan Foundation)
  • 2007 YWCA Rising Star (YWCA Academy of Career Women of Achievement)
  • 2007-2009 Kavli Foundation Fellow (National Academy Frontiers of Science Program)
  • 2007 OH Bioscience Thirty in Their 30s Award (BioOhio)
  • 2006-2008 Lowenstein Scholar (Diana Lowenstein Endowment, UC)
  • 2005 Beckman Young Investigator Award (Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation)
  • 2005 Sigma Xi Outstanding Young Investigator Award (Sigma Xi Cincinnati Chapter)
  • 2005 National Science Foundation CAREER Award
  • 2003 American Chemical Society, Arthur K. Doolittle Award (Polymeric Materials Science and Engineering Division)
  • 2002 National Institutes of Health, Individual National Research Service Award

Mailing Address

  • Theresa M. Reineke, University of Minnesota, Department of Chemistry
  • A-3, 139 Smith Hall, 207 Pleasant St SE
  • Minneapolis, MN 55455-0431