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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MICHAEL D. MCHUGH, PHD / Technology Specialist

PhD with distinction, Biomedical Engineering, Yale University
BS Biomedical Engineering, Drexel University

Michael McHugh joined Clark+Elbing in 2015. His work involves the drafting and prosecution of patent applications, primarily in the fields of biotechnology and medical devices.

Michaelís research focused on nanomaterial effects on the immune system. As part of his masterís research, he investigated mechanisms of toxicity associated with metal oxide nanoparticles through immunological techniques such as multi-color flow cytometry. He expanded this work during his doctoral studies at Yale, where he developed nanoparticle-based therapies for autoimmunity. Using polymeric and liposomal biodegradable nanoparticle platforms, Michael investigated various nano-encapsulated molecules for their ability to enhance regulatory T cells in mouse models. His work included optimization of cell-targeting specificity by high-avidity antibody conjugation to nanoparticle surfaces. Michaelís studies in nanoparticle synthesis, characterization, and downstream in-vitro and in-vivo analyses have equipped him with technical expertise in materials science, conjugation chemistries, spectroscopic techniques, immunoassays, and in-vivo imaging. Michael has co-authored original research articles in Nanotoxicology and Biomaterials; additional journal publications are forthcoming.

Select Awards & Honors
Federation of Clinical Immunology Society (FOCIS) Trainee Award
Keystone Symposium on Type 1 Diabetes & Autoimmunity: Selected Speaker
AJ Drexel Scholarship