Jacqueline Gamboa-Wilson, Ph.D., Patent Agent


Jacqueline Gamboa-Wilson, Ph.D., is a patent agent in the Intellectual Property Group. She assists the attorney team and intellectual property clients in the preparation and prosecution of patent applications with a focus on chemical, life, and materials sciences.

Jacqueline works on a wide array of technologies including:

  • Therapeutics, such as pharmaceuticals, small-molecule drugs, protein therapeutics, probiotics, nanotherapeutics, and gene therapies 
  • Materials science, such as plastics/elastomers (polyolefins), adhesives, wire and cable coating materials, nanomaterials, biofuel, algae production
  • Genetically engineered plants and crop improvement
  • Stem cells and cell culture

Jacqueline's core technical experience is in the fields of chemistry and biochemistry. She has more than 12 years of experience as a research scientist and has authored scientific research papers. As an undergraduate, she worked on developing compounds for use in solar cells and in cancer therapeutics. As a graduate student and postdoctoral fellow, she studied DNA damage in aging and diabetes.

During her graduate studies, she produced and hosted the award-winning radio show "The Big Electron." She also won the "3-Minute Thesis" competition at University of Missouri (MU) and represented MU in national competitions. Jacqueline also participated in multiple science outreach events and gave lectures on the importance of diversity in STEM and understanding of DNA manipulations. While a postdoctoral fellow, she was a member of the Harvard Biotech Incubator Club.

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Education and Honors

  • Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2018)
    • Postdoctoral Fellow
    • Authored NIH "High-Risk, High-Reward" Grant - Novel Age-Dependent DNA Modifications
  • University of Missouri (Ph.D., 2017)
    • Doctor of Philosophy, Chemistry
    • Thesis title: "Fast, Inexpensive, High-yielding, Site-selective, Chemical Synthesis of Cross-linked DNA duplexes via Hydrazone Formation between N4-Aminocytidine and Ap-sites"
    • Lyons Award for Outstanding Graduate Research
    • "Mizzou 3-Minute Thesis" First Place Winner
  • University of Texas at El Paso (B.S., 2012)
    • Major: Chemistry
    • Research Excellence for Undergraduate in Chemistry Awardee
    • 2012 Woman of UTEP
    • National Society of Collegiate Scholars

Professional and Civic Activities

  • Letters to a Pre-Scientist, Scientist Volunteer
  • Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago

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