The MSPL program at the University of Notre Dame will give me opportunities to learn about intellectual property law, as well as practice field-related skills for employment as a patent agent following graduation.
I have a B.S. in Medical Biotechnology from Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY. While at Upstate, I worked on two research projects in the department of Neuroscience and Physiology. Both of these projects focused on the isolation and characterization of mutations in subjects with Parkinson`s disease or schizophrenia.
This past summer, I conducted research in the biology laboratory of the Centre Hospitalier Intercommunal; the hospital of Saint Germain en Laye and Poissy in France. For two months I designed and conducted a research project investigating genetic mutations in subjects with Factor XII deficiency. I am currently analyzing the sequencing files from this project for any novel variations.
My capstone project will be to research an invention and write the patent application. The project I chose is in the molecular biology field and will concern genetically engineered yeast for use as an analytical tool.
I enrolled in this program because patent law is a growing field with technologies constantly evolving. This is a good career to combine a passion for science with an interest in law. The University of Notre Dame is a great place to begin this career because of the dedication of the professors and researchers on campus. The resources available for this program far exceed my expectations. As I begin classes, this upcoming school year promises to be very exciting!