Rachel E. Yunck, Ph.D.

Technology Specialist

Overview

Rachel applies extensive experience in molecular and cellular biology to help clients develop strategic patent portfolios. She works with a wide range of early-stage and established biotechnology companies on the drafting and prosecution of patent applications. She also assists with IP due diligence through the evaluation of client and competitor portfolios.

Rachel’s doctoral research focused on elucidating how bacteria construct and remodel the cell wall, a process essential to bacterial growth and division. Her studies in microbiology involved a range of approaches that have equipped her with technical expertise in bacteriology, molecular and cellular biology, biochemistry, and genetics.

As part of her research studies, Rachel:

  • Developed a novel genetic screening technique for identifying cell wall factors in bacteria
  • Characterized the biochemical function, regulation, and physiological role of enzymes that remodel the cell wall
  • Discovered a new family of cell wall enzymes that is broadly conserved in bacteria

Rachel has co-authored original research articles in Molecular Microbiology.

Education

Ph.D., Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Harvard University

B.A. summa cum laude, Biology, Chemistry minor, Hiram College

Experience

Honors:

  • Graduate Research Fellowship, National Science Foundation
  • NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA)
  • Robert D. Watkins Fellowship, American Society for Microbiology
  • Chateaubriand Fellowship, Embassy of France
  • Goldwater Scholar

Affiliations:

  • Member, American Society for Microbiology

Education

Ph.D., Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Harvard University

B.A. summa cum laude, Biology, Chemistry minor, Hiram College