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Theresa M. Reineke

Theresa M. Reineke

Distingushed McKnight University Professor

Department of Chemistry

University of Minnesota

Minneapolis, MN 55455


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Theresa M. Reineke received her a B.S. Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, a M.S. Degree from Arizona State University, and a Ph.D. from The University of Michigan. She then completed a National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellowship at the California Institute of Technology prior to beginning her independent faculty career. Currently, she is a Distinguished McKnight University Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Minnesota. Reineke also holds graduate faculty appointments in the Departments of Chemical Engineering/Materials Science and Pharmaceutics at the University of Minnesota. Her research group is focused on enabling fundamental and applied technology advancements of polymers in the fields of sustainability, drug delivery, and gene and cell therapy. She has received several awards, including the 2009 National Institutes of Health Director’s New Innovator Award, 2012 Outstanding New Investigator Award from the American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy, 2017 Carl S. Marvel Creative Polymer Chemistry Award from the American Chemical Society (ACS) Division of Polymer Chemistry (POLY), and in 2018 was also named a Fellow of the ACS POLY Division.  Reineke is a founding Associate Editor for ACS MacroLetters and currently on the Editorial Advisory Boards of the ACS journals Biomacromolecules and Bioconjugate Chemistry.


Representative Publications

[1]      J. M. Ting, T. M. Reineke, et al. Advances in Polymer Design for Enhancing Oral Drug Solubility and DeliveryBioconjugate Chem.  29(4) 939–952 (2018) (DOI: 10.1021/acs.bioconjchem.7b00646)

[2]      Y. Wu, T. M. Reineke, et al.  Lipophilic Polycation Vehicles Display High Plasmid DNA Delivery to Multiple Cell Types. Bioconjugate Chem. 28(8) 2035–2040 (2017) (DOI: 10.1021/acs.bioconjchem.7b00306)

[3]     W. Boyle, T. M. Reineke, et al. Heparin Enhances Transfection in Concert with Trehalose-Based Polycations with Challenging Cell TypesBiomacromolecules 18(1) 56–67 (2017) (DOI: 10.1021/acs.biomac.6b01297)

[4]      J. Ting, T. M. Reineke, et al.  High–throughput Excipient Discovery Enables Oral Delivery of Poorly Soluble Pharmaceuticals. ACS Cent. Sci. 2(10) 748–755 (2017) (DOI: 10.1021/acscentsci.6b00268)

[5]      P. Agrawal, T. M. Reineke, et al. Fast, efficient and gentle transfection of human adherent cells in suspensionACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces  8(14) 8870–8874 (2016) (DOI: 10.1021/acsami.6b01702)

[6]      Y. Dhande, T. M. Reineke, et al.  N-Acetylgalactosamine Block-co-Polycations Form Stable Polyplexes with Plasmids and Promote Liver-Targeted Delivery. Biomacromolecules 17(3) 830–840 (2016) (DOI: 10.1021/acs.biomac.5b01555)

[7]  Z. Tolstyka, T. M. Reineke, et al.  Trehalose-Based Block Copolycations Promote Polyplex Stabilization for Lyophilization and In Vivo pDNA Delivery. ACS Biomat. Sci. Eng.  2(1) 43–55.  (2016) (DOI: 10.1021/acsbiomaterials.5b00312)

[8]      A. Sizovs, T. M. Reineke, et al.  Poly(trehalose): Sugar-Coated Nanocomplexes Promote Stabilization and Effective Polyplex-Mediated siRNA DeliveryJ. Am. Chem. Soc. 135(41) 15417–15424. (2013) (DOI: 10.1021/ja404941p)

[9]      K. M. Fichter, T. M. Reineke, et al.  Polymeric Nucleic Acid Vehicles Exploit Active Interorganelle Tracking Mechanisms. ACS Nano. 7(1) 347–364 (2013) (DOI: 10.1021/nn304218q)

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