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Kayla Metzger, Ph.D. prepares and prosecutes patent applications for a wide variety of biological and pharmaceutical technologies. She also performs due diligence and prior art searches and conducts patentability and freedom-to-operate analyses.

Kayla has more than seven years of patent prosecution experience in the biotechnology field. Prior to joining Ice Miller, Kayla served as a patent agent to several law firms in Philadelphia and New York. She also acted as patent agent and chief scientific officer for a bioinformatics company, where she led the prosecution of the company's patent portfolio and directed the scientific market research, writing and submission of a National Institutes of Health grant application for the discovery of genetic and environmental attributes for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

As a graduate student, Kayla researched the development of cellular and behavioral changes in an animal model of anxiety. Kayla’s research has been presented at international scientific conferences and in scientific journals including Biological Psychiatry, Psychopharmacology, and Neuron.

Kayla is licensed to practice patent law exclusively before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and represents both foreign and domestic clients before the USPTO in the area of patent prosecution. Kayla is not licensed to practice before state and federal court.
Published In
  • 1st Author: "Rapid Discovery of Genetic and Environmental Attributes for PTSD." Consumer Genetics Abstract (2013)
  • 5th Author: "5-HT1A autoreceptor levels determine vulnerability to stress and response to antidepressants." Neuron (2010), Jan. 14; 65(1):40-52.
  • 1st Author: "5-HT1A knockout results in changes in hippocampal circuitry that may lead to anxiety." Society for Neuroscience Abstract (2010).
  • 1st Author: "Expression level of 5-HT1A receptor alters firing rate and concentration-dependency in YFP-labeled 5-HT dorsal raphe neurons." Experimental Biology Abstract (2008).
  • 1st Author: "Pharmacokinetic and behavioral characterization of a long-term antipsychotic delivery system in rodents and rabbits." Psychopharmacology (Berl) (2007), 190:201-11.
  • 1st Author: “Effects of nicotine vary across two auditory evoked potentials in the mouse.” Biological Psychiatry (2007), Jan 1; 61(1):23-30.
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