Honour for chemist from the University of Münster: Andrea Rentmeister is a new member of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Andrea Rentmeister is working on methods to make mRNA molecules visible and to m

Andrea Rentmeister is working on methods to make mRNA molecules visible and to make them accessible to analysis. © WWU - Laura Grahn

The chemist Prof. Andrea Rentmeister from the University of Münster has been admitted as a Fellow Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). Membership of the RSC is considered a great honour. "I am delighted about this international recognition and, in addition to visibility, I am looking forward to new networking opportunities, especially with British researchers," Andrea Rentmeister emphasises.

Andrea Rentmeister, born in 1977, is Professor of Biological Chemistry and Biomolecular Labelling Chemistry at the Institute of Biochemistry and a board member of the Cells in Motion Interfaculty Centre (CiM) at the University of Münster. Her research is focused on so-called messenger RNA (mRNA). These molecules play an important role in protein production in cells and were first approved as vaccines in the course of the corona pandemic. Andrea Rentmeister is interested in the distribution and transport of mRNA in cells. She is working on methods to make these molecules visible and to make them accessible to analysis. To do this, she modifies ("labels") the mRNA combining chemical and molecular biological techniques.

Scientific career and awards

After her postdoctoral studies at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, USA, Andrea Rentmeister took on a junior professorship in biochemistry at the University of Hamburg in April 2010 and led an Emmy Noether junior research group from 2012 to 2018. Since 2013, Andrea Rentmeister has been Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Münster and part of the CiM. This association networks researchers as a central and cross-faculty scientific institution.

Andrea Rentmeister has already received various prestigious awards. In 2012, for example, she was appointed "Faculty Member of Faculty of 1000" in the field of "Chemical Biology". In 2015 she received the "Hoechst Lecturer Award" and in 2017 a "Consolidator Grant" from the European Research Council. She is currently Chair of the Board of the Biochemistry Division of the German Chemical Society and "Humboldt Scout" of the "Alexander von Humboldt Foundation".

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