Rinke was born and raised in Amsterdam, where he developed his love for the natural world in the low lands around that fair city. After studying Biology at the
University of Amsterdam, Rinke worked among others for the Technical University of Delft, and for Gist Brocades. Rinke did his PhD at the Rijksuniversiteit Leiden in
the Netherlands on the genetic regulation of the cell cycle in malaria
Having successfully defended his thesis, he moved to England to work as a post-doc for the University of Bath on the genomic imprinting in seed development of Arabidopsis thaliana.
In January 2004 Rinke started as a lecturer at Northumbria University. He is now a programme leader for MSc Biotechnology.