Dr. Reineke

Dr. Theresa Reineke

Dr. Theresa M. Reineke
Lloyd H. Reyerson Professor of Chemistry
Associate Editor ACS Macro Letters
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Ph: 612-624-8042

NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, California Institute of Technology, 2000-2002
Ph.D. The University of Michigan, 2000
M.S. Arizona State University, 1998
B.S. University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, 1995


Theresa M. Reineke, Ph.D. is the Lloyd H. Reyerson Professor of Chemistry at The University of Minnesota and holds graduate faculty appointments in the Departments of Chemical Engineering/Materials Science and Pharmaceutics. Her research group is focused on enabling fundamental and applied technology advancements in three main areas: 1) the design of polymer-based delivery systems for DNA and RNA to treat genetic diseases, 2) the development of polymer-based delivery systems for enhancing oral delivery of important drugs, and 3) the creation of sustainable and environmentally friendly polymers/plastics from naturally occurring chemicals derived from plants. At UMN, Professor Reineke is the Director of a MN Innovation Partnership with Dow Chemical Company and leads the Polymer Interdisciplinary Research Group of the UMN Materials Research Science and Engineering Center. Professor Reineke also serves as Publicity Chair for the American Chemical Society Polymer Chemistry (POLY) Division and is the founding faculty advisor of the UMN Student Chapter of the ACS POLY/PMSE Division. She is currently on the Editorial Advisory Boards of the ACS journals Biomacromolecules and Bioconjugate Chemistry, and is a founding Associate Editor of ACS MacroLetters. The work of the Reineke Group is the founding technology of Techulon, Inc. a startup biotechnology firm.

Awards and Honors:

2016 George W. Taylor Award for Distinguished Research (UMN)

2016 AIMBE Fellow (American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering)

2012 Outstanding New Investigator Award (American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy)

2012 American Chemical Society (PMSE Division) Macro 2012 Lecture Award

2011 Lloyd H. Reyerson Professorship (UMN)

2009 National Institutes of Health Director’s New Innovator Award

2008 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award

2007 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship

2007 YWCA Rising Star (Academy of Career Women of Achievement)

2007–2009 Kavli Fellow (National Academy of Sciences “Frontiers of Science” Program)

2007 OH Bioscience Thirty in Their 30s Award

2006–2008 Lowenstein Scholar (University of Cincinnati)

2005 Beckman Young Investigator Award

2005 Sigma Xi Outstanding Young Investigator Award

2005 National Science Foundation CAREER Award

2003 American Chemical Society(PMSE Division), Arthur K. Doolittle Award

2002 National Institutes of Health, Individual National Research Service Award

2000 Outstanding Graduate Research Award from the Wirt and Mary Cornell Prize

1998–2000 Achievement Rewards for College Scientists Graduate Fellowship

1999 Outstanding Graduate Research Assistant Award (Arizona State University)

1998–1999 Pew Charitable Trusts – Preparing Future Faculty Fellow

1997 Excellence as a Teaching Assistant Award (Arizona State University)

Research Areas:

  • Monomer and polymer synthesis
  • Carbohydrate chemistry
  • DNA and RNA delivery
  • Polymer-cell interactions
  • Transfection reagents
  • Nucleic acid therapeutics
  • Drug delivery
  • Drug-polymer interactions
  • Controlled-release
  • Excipient development
  • Oral drug delivery
  • Intracellular mechanisms of delivery
  • Lanthanide-organic chemistry
  • Imaging agent design
  • Theranostic agent design