Melissa Reynolds is an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and associate dean for research in the College of Natural Sciences.
Her research focuses on the molecular design and fabrication of biomimetic materials for use in medical device applications. This includes synthesis of molecular, polymer and extended framework biomaterials containing therapeutic functional groups; analytical and physical studies of biomaterials utilizing fluorescence, chemiluminescence, zeta potential and LC/MS-TOF; fabrication and engineering of materials including spin-coating substrates and electrospinning nanofibers for tissue engineering; and in vitro and in vivo efficacy and toxicity studies of biomaterials with potential translation to medical applications.
For their research on biological MOFs and biodegradable polymers, Reynolds and her group earned a Tech Connect National Innovation Award in 2013. She was named Educator of the Year by the Colorado Bioscience Association in 2011, and was selected as one of the six inaugural Boettcher Investigators with the Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Program. In addition, Reynold’s National Science Foundation CAREER award was funded in 2014.
Reynolds earned her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.