Research

The Reineke Group specializes in the 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 fundamentally 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 (i) safely deliver nucleic acids and drugs, (ii) impart enhanced material performance from sustainable feedstocks, and (iii) elucidate cellular-level mechanisms in biomaterials and animals.

Our research efforts are interdisciplinary in nature and encompass the areas of chemistry, chemical biology, materials science, and engineering. Click on a subject area below to learn more about our goals and ongoing projects.