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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JENNIFER Z. YAO, PHD / Patent Agent

PhD Biological Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
BS Chemical Biology, University of California at Berkeley (UC Berkeley)

Jennifer Yao joined Clark+Elbing in 2014. Her work involves the drafting and prosecution of patent applications, primarily in the field of Biotechnology.

Jenniferís research focused on developing novel chemistry-based research techniques for studying biological problems, for which appropriate solutions have been impeded by the lack of proper tools. In her doctoral studies, Jennifer developed a fluorophore targeting strategy based on enzymatic probe ligation and strain-promoted click chemistry to site-specifically label proteins inside live mammalian cells with a diverse panel of small molecule fluorophores. She has co-authored research articles in several journals, including Journal of American Chemical Society, Nature Chemistry, Nature Protocols, and Angewandte Chemie.

Select Awards & Honors
MIT Presidential Fellowship
HHMI Teaching Assistant Fellowship
Berkeley Molecular Cell Biology Undergraduate Symposium Honorary Poster
Melvin J. Heger-Horst Scholarship (College of Chemistry, UC Berkeley)
Merck Undergraduate Research Scholarship (UC Berkeley)