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.

Interested in joining our awesome community at UVa for a Ph.D. in chemical engineering? Learn more here!

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Conferences, celebrations, and more fun outings!

Recent Letteri Lab News

  • Congratulations to Mark on his 1st place summer seminar!

  • Israt shares her work on new disinfecting materials for water purification at the Pure Madi event!

  • Keelin Reily, a 2nd year Biomedical Engineering undergraduate, and Mackenzie Klepsig, a second year chemical engineering undergraduate, join the lab!

  • Mark and Zixian become our lab's newest PhD candidates!! Congratulations on your stellar work and presentations, and thanks for your absolutely phenomenal contributions to our lab's research and culture!

  • Mara and Rachel present their work, and Mara presides for a session at the ACS meeting in Chicago

  • Rachel gives a Center for Vascular and Heart Research Center seminar at Virginia Tech Carilion

  • Mark, Zixian, and Rachel attend and present posters the Drug Carriers in Biology and Medicine Gordon Research Conference! Mark and Zixian attended the preceding GRS as well, and we had a great time making friends and learning from this awesome community!

  • Our lab receives an NIH Maximizing Investigator Research Award (MIRA)! We are so excited and grateful for the support to continue our efforts to use polymers to maximize the function of therapeutic peptides. Read more about this work and award here.

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

385 McCormick Rd.

Charlottesville, VA 22903