Welcome to the Rienstra Group in the Department of Chemistry located at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Our research focuses on developing methodologies and innovating technologies in solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (SSNMR) to interrogate the structures of membrane proteins and fibrillar proteins. Our specific goal is to elucidate the physical and structural bases of protein-lipid and protein-protein interactions that drive the assembly of macromolecular complexes.

3/14/17 - 3/16/17- A very busy week for the Rienstra lab. Grant and Joseph successfully defend their thesis and Lisa passes her ORP!

11/21/16 - Chad is elected as a AAAS Fellow! Read the Illinois News Bureau article here!

05/18/16 - Our paper reporting the structure of alpha-Synuclein fibrils is getting lots of attention, including the cover for the May 2016 issue of Nature Structural and Molecular Biology! See what others have been saying about our work:

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04/08/16 - Marcus's Paper Makes Most Read and Trending Online @ Nature! Read the Trending article here! Read the Most Read here!

04/04/16 - Check out our C&EN News story on the High-resolution NMR structure of Parkinson's disease fibril solved! Read the article here!
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