Theresa M. Reineke, Ph.D.
Theresa M. Reineke, Ph.D., is a Prager Chair in Macromolecular Science and a Distinguished McKnight University Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Minnesota and holds graduate faculty appointments in the Departments of Chemical Engineering and 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 creation of sustainable and environmentally friendly polymers/plastics from naturally occurring chemicals derived from plants, and 3) engineering interactions between small molecules and polymers for active encapsulation, drug delivery, chemical sensing, and network engineering. She is also a co-founder of Nanite Inc. and Liberate Bio, two biotech firms in the field of nucleic acid delivery. She is currently Editor-in-Chief of the American Chemical Society journal Bioconjugate Chemistry and on the Editorial Advisory Boards of the ACS journals Biomacromolecules and ACS Applied Polymer Materials and the RSC journal Polymer Chemistry.