The legal staff at Clark+Elbing consists of a nucleus of attorneys with advanced scientific degrees supported by a team of patent agents and technology specialists, each of whom holds a PhD in a scientific discipline.

We have unparalleled expertise in the biological and biochemical sciences, with professionals holding doctorates in such fields as chemistry, genetics, neuroscience, cell biology, developmental biology, molecular biology, neurobiology, and pharmacology.

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MELISSA M. ADAMS, PHD / Patent Agent

PhD Biology, Harvard University
MS Biology, Stanford University
BS Biology summa cum laude, North Carolina State University
BA Journalism summa cum laude, North Carolina State University

Melissa Adams joined Clark+Elbing in 2014. Her work involves the drafting and prosecution of patent applications, primarily in the fields of biotechnology.

Melissa’s doctoral research focused on carbon-cycling and energy-generating metabolisms in deep sea microorganisms. She investigated the degradation of short-chain alkanes by sulfate-reducing bacteria from hydrocarbon seep and hydrothermal vent sediments. Her studies employed enrichment technology, geochemistry, molecular biology, and next generation sequencing to better understand the key microbes and mechanisms underlying these globally important metabolic processes. She has authored original research publications in the Journal of Bacteriology, Environmental Microbiology, and Frontiers in Microbiology.

Melissa also has experience as a Scientific Editor for American Journal Experts. She reviewed and revised research publications from non-native English speakers in a broad range of subject areas including biotechnology, cell biology, chemistry, genetics, neuroscience, physiology, and systems biology.

Select Awards & Honors
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations Graduate Fellowship
Barry M. Goldwater National Scholarship
Member, Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society