Ms. Tretter received her bachelor’s degree from the LaSalle University in Philadelphia, where she conducted undergraduate research in the areas of polymer chemistry. Ms. Tretter obtained her Master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences from Drexel University with a thesis entitled “Electroactive Polymers with Enhanced Biocompatibility for Neural Tissue Engineering, Getting One Step Closer to “Intelligent” Nanostructured Scaffolds.” Her graduate research interest was in development of electrostatic polymers for use in tissue engineering applications. During the course of her research, she employed Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, Infrared Spectroscopy, Ultraviolet and Visible Absorption Spectroscopy, Atomic Absorption Spectrometry, Gel Electrophoresis.
Ms. Tretter has authored research papers in several peer-reviewed journals and has presented her research at local conferences.
Prior to joining Kenyon & Kenyon LLP, Ms. Tretter assisted in domestic, foreign, and PCT patent prosecution relating to stem cell engineering and nanotechnology for a Washington D.C. based law firm.
Research and Presentations
- Research area focused on the development of novel electroactive polymers for applications in tissue engineering.
- Presented then-current state of research on “Methods of Synthesis of Electroactive Polymers” at Annual Research Day, Drexel University, May 2001.
- Presented “Electroactive Polymers for Use in Tissue Engineering Applications,” E. Guterman, S. Cheng, K. Palouian, P. Bidez, P. Lelkes, Y. Wei, at IEEE 26th Northeast Bioengineering Conference, April 2002.
- Presented “Stimulation of Neurite Outgrowth on Electrically Conductive Polymers Using Bioactive Peptides,” E. Guterman-Tretter, S. Cheng, K. Chang, Palouian, A. Tretiakova, B. Jameson, P. Bidez, P. Lelkes, Y. Wei at the Annual Research Day, Drexel University, May 2003.
- "Electroactive Polymers and Nanostructured Materials for Neural Tissue Engineering" Yen Wei, Peter I. Lelkes, Alan G. MacDiarmid, Elizabeth Guterman-Tretter, Shan Cheng, Kolby Palouian and Paul Bidez, in "Contemporary Topics in Advanced Polymer Science and Technology"; Edited by Qi-Feng Zhou and Stephen Z.D. Cheng, Peking University Press, Beijing, China, ISBN7-301-07141-8, pp. 430-436, 2004.
- Peptide-Modified Electroactive Polymers for Tissue Engineering Applications”, Elizabeth Guterman-Tretter, Shan Cheng, Kolby Palouian, Paul Bidez, Peter I. Lelkes, Yen Wei. Abstract of Papers, 224th ACS National Meeting, August 2002.
- “Electroactive Polymers and Nanostructures Materials for Neural Tissue Engineering”
- Yen Wei, Peter I. Lelkes, Alan G. MacDiarmid, Elizabeth Guterman-Tretter, Shan Cheng, Kolby Palouian, and Paul Bidez in the Proceedings of International Conference Celebrating 50-years of Polymer Chemistry in China, Peking University Press, 2003.
- Thesis: “Electroactive Polymers with Enhanced Biocompatibility for Neural Tissue Engineering, Getting One Step Closer to “Intelligent” Nanostructured Scaffolds”