Peter J. Volberding, Ph.D., Patent Scientist


As a patent scientist, Peter Volberding assists intellectual property clients and the attorney team in the preparation and prosecution of patent applications with a focus on biotechnology.

Peter has nine years of technical experience working as a bench scientist in the fields of immunology, cell biology, and biochemistry. As an undergraduate, Peter used Drosophila as a model organism to study the function of the putative oncogenic protein PRL. As a graduate student, Peter investigated the mechanisms by which the immune system constrains inflammatory responses to chronic viral infections. In addition, Peter gained intellectual property experience as a graduate research assistant by working in a leading biomedical research institution's technology transfer office as an intern.

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Education and Honors

  • Medical College of Wisconsin (Ph.D., 2020)
    • Department of Microbiology and Immunology
    • Dissertation: PIM1 kinase supports the survival and differentiation of suppressive neutrophils during chronic viral infection
    • Two-time winner of the Graduate School Research Award
  • University of Puget Sound (B.S., 2009)
    • Major: Biology
    • Thesis: Protein interactions of the oncogene PRL in Drosophila larval and adult midgut
    • Member Phi Sigma Honors Society
    • Awarded Canfield Summer Research Grant
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