In addition to managing and coordinating foreign and domestic patent prosecution for her clients, Susan has supported freedom-to-operate, infringement/invalidity and due diligence analyses. She has also had significant in-house experience in biotech companies, and was an independent patent practitioner running her own business for several years.
Susan earned her Ph.D. in molecular, cellular and developmental biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), performing independent research in genetics, and related to cancer, using the fission yeast model system to explore the molecular mechanisms of chromosome segregation during cell division. Susan also has a wealth of teaching experience, having taught Nucleic Acid Biochemistry to biology undergraduates at UCSB, as well as Human Anatomy to nursing students at a technical college in Ohio.
A highly creative person, Susan enjoys many artistic endeavors such as illustrating, painting and writing. In 2000, Susan was awarded a highly competitive AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellowship, in which she worked on the Science Desk of National Public Radio (NPR) in Washington, D.C. While studying at the Ohio State University, Susan earned Master of Liberal Studies and Bachelor of Science with a Certificate in Medical Illustration degrees, and her illustrations have been published in several books.
Susan is admitted to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.