Letteri Polymer (Bio)materials Lab

We are designing materials that synergistically combine synthetic polymers and peptides to unlock new capabilities for the next generation of materials. Our specific interests include understanding and exploiting stereochemistry-driven interactions and stimuli-responsive motifs to control materials properties, and using polymers to present and encapsulate peptides in ways that maximize their function.

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Recent Letteri Lab News

  • Clare and Liza, joint undergraduate students in the Letteri and Lampe labs, present a poster at the Society for Biomaterials Meeting in Baltimore, MD!

  • Clare and Liza present their work at the SEAS Engineering Open House, and Taylor and Rachel tell perspective UVa undergraduates about all the possibilities Chemical Engineering has to offer!

  • Vince starts his internship at Tempo Therapeutics in San Diego funded by the NIH Biotechnology Training Program at UVa.

  • Our lab receives an NSF CAREER award for developing new ways to control mechanics and lifetime in dynamic hydrogel biomaterials! We're so excited to start this project and to work with Marco Giles and his students at Prairie View A&M University to structure the start of undergraduate research experiences while studying how polymer architecture impacts these dynamic hydrogel properties! Read more here.

  • Clare, Liza, Justin, and Drew (joint undergraduate students in the Letteri and Lampe labs) present a poster at UVA's Undergraduate Research Symposium!

  • Israt presents her work on stereochemistry-driven gelation at the University of Virginia Engineering Research symposium (UVERS).

  • Congratulations to Mara on winning an PMSE Best Poster Award at the ACS Meeting in San Diego for her work on poly(amino ester)s!

Contact us

Rachel Letteri

e-mail: rl2qm [at] virginia.edu

office: 308 Wilsdorf Hall

phone: 434-243-3628

Lab: B015 Wilsdorf Hall

Lab mailing address

102 Engineers Way

Charlottesville, VA 22911