Dr. Charity Aiken is a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property group. Her practice focuses on patent prosecution in the areas of life sciences, biotechnology, and pharmaceuticals. She has worked in the field of intellectual property since 2011, and has prior research experience in several scientific disciplines, including molecular and cell biology, protein biochemistry, and immunology.
Prior to working in the patent field, Dr. Aiken was a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Irvine, where she investigated structural and functional changes to the proteasome protein complex in response to oxidative and excitotoxic stress.
Dr. Aiken was awarded a National Institutes of Health predoctoral fellowship to identify protein posttranslational modifications and investigate the contribution of those modifications to a variety of intracellular and neurological phenotypes in cell and animal models.
Prior to graduate school, Dr. Aiken worked as a research associate at the Brain Research Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she developed a cell-based drug screen. She also conducted research in an immunology laboratory at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, developing auto-sampling methods for flow cytometry. As an undergraduate researcher, Dr. Aiken completed a senior honors project in the field of aquatic ecology.
Dr. Aiken earned her Ph.D. from the University of California, Irvine, and graduated summa cum laude from the University of New Mexico with a B.S. in biology and a minor in chemistry.
She is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
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