Professor Theresa Reineke PhD

CSENG Chemistry
College of Science & Engineering
Twin Cities
Project Title: 
Synthetic Design, Chemical Characterization, and Biological Study of Sophisticated Macromolecules

Synthetic materials play important roles in everyday life, from the diagnosis and treatment of diseases to the advancement of renewable materials and commercial products. Consequently, understanding how polymers affect living systems and govern macroscopic functionality remains vital to solving pressing problems in today’s biomedical and sustainability landscapes. The Reineke research group seeks to discover novel polymeric vehicles and strategies to safely deliver nucleic acids and drugs, impart enhanced material performance from sustainable feedstocks, and elucidate cellular-level mechanisms in biomaterials and animals.

The Reineke Research Group seeks to discover novel monomers and polymers that promote assembly in solution and/or the bulk into new and unique architectures, impart enhanced material performance from sustainable feedstocks, and safely deliver macromolecular therapeutic payloads into cells.

These research efforts are interdisciplinary in nature and encompass the areas of chemistry, materials science, engineering, nanoscience, and chemical biology.

Project Investigators

Joseph Hexum
Ramya Kumar
Professor Theresa Reineke PhD
Zhe Tan
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