Marlena draws on her technical and professional experience to assist clients with intellectual property (IP) protection and strategy across a broad range of areas in the physical sciences industry and medicine. Leveraging expertise in small molecule and polymer syntheses, as well as biomedical engineering, she prepares and prosecutes both U.S. and foreign patent applications. In addition, Marlena assists with IP due diligence through the evaluation of client and competitor portfolios.
Marlena’s doctoral research focused on the synthesis and in vivo studies of biomaterials. Her studies in polymer synthesis, characterization, and in vivo applications equip her with technical expertise in chemistry, materials science, and biomedical engineering.
As part of her research studies, Marlena:
- Developed on-demand dissolvable hydrogels used for the management of second-degree burns and hemorrhage control
- Worked on synthesis and application of polymers as solid polymer electrolytes
- Investigated methods for small molecule synthesis using photoredox catalysis
Marlena has co-authored original research articles in several scientific journals, including Angewandte Chemie, Materials Horizons, and Journal of American Chemical Society.
- NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award
- Dean’s Fellow, Boston University, Department of Chemistry
- Member, American Chemical Society
- Member, Materials Research Society
- Mentoring Program Coordinator, Graduate Women in Science and Engineering (GWISE)