I joined the biotechnology team at D Young & Co in January 2020 and have a strong background in biological sciences. I am interested in a wide range of technologies, including gene therapy, microbial-based inventions such as probiotics, and genetically-modified plants.
Prior to joining the firm, I studied human, microbial and plant genetics at undergraduate level, when I also gained experience in rare plant genetics research for conservation at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London. I then completed a PhD in microbiology and genomics at the University of Cambridge at the end of 2019. My doctoral research involved identifying novel bacteria and antibiotic resistance genes from the intestinal microbiome.
I have also been involved in projects involving: culturing every bacterial species from the gut of a single person; establishing mice with human-derived gut microbiota as models for studying bacteria and host interactions; identifying specific bacteria that aid recovery of the gut microbiome following antibiotic treatment; identifying genes responsible for the spread of hospital-associated bacterial infections; bacterial DNA modification systems; malaria control based on manipulation of mosquito gut microbiomes; and schistosomiasis control strategies involving microRNA-based prevention of parasite maturation.
Since joining D Young & Co, I have gained experience in patent prosecution and opposition for a variety of clients, including multinational companies, SMEs and academic institutions, across the chemical and pharmaceutical fields. To date, I have worked on cases relating to gene therapies, antibodies, vaccines, chimeric antigen receptors, genetically-modified plants, food enzymes, and even anti-wrinkle cream (amongst others).
I am currently the Cambridge Regional Secretary for the CIPA Informals committee, a role which involves organising networking events for trainee patent attorneys in and near Cambridge.
- BSc (Hons), Genetics, Cardiff University, 2015.
- PhD, Biological Sciences, Gonville & Caius College, University of Cambridge, 2020.
- Student member of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA).
- Student member of the European Patent Institute (epi).
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