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Sarah Pollock, Ph.D. prosecutes and prepares both domestic and foreign biotechnology patent applications. In addition, she conducts due diligence searches to assist clients with M&A deals, as well as performs patentability and freedom-to-operate analyses. Sarah began her career in Intellectual Property at Ice Miller as a Technical Advisor, after graduating from the University of Virginia with a Ph.D. in Microbiology. 

Sarah's doctoral research focused on understanding the mechanisms that govern removal of damaged mitochondria from cells. Specifically, her work focused on the role of Ral proteins in response to mitochondrial depolarization, which is an uncoupling of the proton gradient across the inner mitochondrial membrane. Sarah has presented her research at international science conferences and is a published author in several scientific journals. During her doctoral career, Sarah also served as a licensing intern for the UVA Licensing & Ventures Group. As a licensing intern, Sarah created non-confidential summaries of assets, identifying potential commercial partnerships.

Prior to graduate school, Sarah conducted independent immunology research in Dr. Beckley Davis' lab at F&M College examining the regulation of NOD2, a protein commonly mutated in Crohn's disease. She also participated in a summer research internship in Dr. Gary Koretzky's lab at the University of Pennsylvania, where she analyzed the role of a T-cell mutation (SLP-76) on causing a patient's immune disorder.

Outside of the office, Sarah enjoys dance, working with polymer clay, and baking.  

Sarah 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. Sarah is not licensed to practice before state and federal court.
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