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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JUSTIN S. QUARTARARO, PHD / Technology Specialist

PhD Chemistry, Tufts University
BS Biochemistry, Summa Cum Laude, Tufts University

Justin Quartararo joined Clark+Elbing in 2014. His work involves the drafting and prosecution of patent applications, primarily in the fields of chemistry and biotechnology.

Justinís doctoral research focused on the design and chemical synthesis of peptide macrocycles that antagonize protein-protein interactions implicated in breast cancer and type 2 diabetes. In his graduate studies, Justin developed a strategy for transforming unmodified peptides into therapeutic lead compounds with enhanced target affinity, selectivity, metabolic stability and bioavailability. Through the use of multidimensional NMR techniques and X-ray crystallography, Justin developed structural models of various inhibitor-protein interactions and used this information to design conformationally-constrained macrocyclic peptides with improved pharmacological profiles. Justin is also an experienced synthetic chemist, having designed and optimized the syntheses of various small molecule macrocycles as well as extensively modified cyclic and bicyclic peptides. He has co-authored original research articles in several journals, including Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, ChemBioChem, and Bioorganic and M Chemistry.

Select Awards & Honors
NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Fellow
US Department of Education Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need Fellow
Tufts University Max Tishler Prize Scholar
American Chemical Society Polyed Award for Achievement in Organic Chemistry
Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award Recipient