Reinhart Reithmeier obtained his B.Sc. at Carleton University in 1972 and his PhD in Biochemistry at the University of British Columbia in 1977. Following post-doctoral training at Harvard and the University of Toronto he obtained his first faculty position at the University of Alberta in 1980. Dr. Reithmeier is known internationally for his research on anion transport membrane proteins in human health and disease. An award-winning lecturer, Dr. Reithmeier enjoys teaching introductory biochemistry to 1,000 undergraduate students every year, as well as upper level and graduate courses.
Dr. Reithmeier is dedicated to ensuring that graduate students have the skills and networks to succeed in graduate school and be fully prepared to take advantage of the diverse job opportunities available to them in today’s global marketplace. He is a former IMS Graduate Coordinator, Chair of Biochemistry and Special Advisor to the Dean of Graduate Studies on graduate professional and leadership development. He was the Project Leader for SGS’ “10,000 PhDs” project. Together with Dr. Nana Lee, Dr. Reithmeier developed the innovative GPD course in the department of Biochemistry, which was published in Science Careers and featured as a best practice by the Conference Board of Canada’s national report on PhD programs. Drs. Reithmeier and Lee recently published their book Success After Graduate School. His leadership was recognized in 2012 by election to the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.