Dr. Effie Zhou focuses on patent prosecution, freedom-to-operate analyses, and IP due diligence, with an emphasis on chemistry and pharmaceuticals.

Effie earned her Ph.D. in chemical biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), where she was a National Science Foundation graduate research fellow and a National Institutes of Health Chemistry-Biology Interface trainee. Her doctoral research involved the design, synthesis, and validation of smart molecular contrast agents for use in fluorescence and photoacoustic imaging, and applications in imaging cellular and mammalian disease models.

While in graduate school, Effie also worked as a commercialization analyst in the Office of Technology Management, where she reviewed inventions in engineering, medicine, chemistry, software, and electronics to assess patentability and marketability of university-owned intellectual property.

Effie received her B.S. in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley College of Chemistry, where she synthesized and evaluated libraries of biomimetic materials for selective metal chelation with applications in contaminated water remediation and addressing blood toxicity.

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