University of California, Riverside


Kathryn Uhrich Dean, College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences; Professor of Chemistry

Topics: Bioactive Polymers
Polymers for Drug Delivery
Antimicrobial Peptide Mimics

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Kathryn E. Uhrich, a distinguished polymer chemist, is Dean of UCR’s College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences. Previously, she served from 2009 through 2013 as Dean of Mathematical and Physical Sciences in the School of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers.

Uhrich’s research links chemistry with the life sciences and engineering disciplines to create new materials and design new devices in which polymers can be used to increase health and extend life. Widely recognized as a leading innovator in polymer research, Uhrich’s research focuses on designing bioactive, biodegradable polymers for use in drug delivery, food safety, healthcare and personal care. She has over 70 U.S. and international patents and the highest number of patents in the history of Rutgers University.

Uhrich earned a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Cornell University, and a B.S. in chemistry, with honors, from the University of North Dakota.

On Bioactive Polymers

Uhrich can speak about the design of biocompatible, biodegradable polymers that can improve human health.

On Polymers for Drug Delivery

Uhrich is an expert on the use of polymers for drug delivery. She was a leader in the development of PolymerDrugs, which enable a drug to be its own biodegradable delivery vehicle. Such “self-delivering drugs” are transported more efficiently and at higher concentrations than conventional polymer carriers and can be delivered to specific sites in the body.

On Antimicrobial Peptide Mimics

Uhrich is an expert on antimicrobial peptide mimics.

On Biomaterials

Uhrich can speak about the development of sustainable biomaterials.

On Nanoparticles

Uhrich can speak about the development of nanoparticles that control atherosclerosis through breaking up the plaque in human arteries.