Lisa Fazzino, Ph.D., focuses her practice on U.S. and foreign patent prosecution and patent application drafting, primarily in the biological sciences/biotechnology space. Her areas of technical expertise include microbiology, virology, molecular biology, genetics, computational biology, bioinformatics, pathogenesis, evolutionary biology, and ecology. She also performs patent landscape and freedom-to-operate searches and enjoys helping clients find the best strategic intellectual property plan for their goals.

Prior to joining the firm, Lisa earned her Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Minnesota’s Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology graduate program. She was a trainee on a Molecular Virology NIH training grant and a patent research assistant at the University of Minnesota office of technology transfer. Her thesis focused on the interactions between bacterial viruses (bacteriophage) and the makeup and function of microbial communities. Before graduate school, Lisa studied the molecular genetics of Lyme disease as a post-baccalaureate trainee at NIH’s Rocky Mountain Laboratory and worked at a bioanalytical company.

Outside of the office, Lisa enjoys cooking and anything that gets her outside, especially rock climbing, canoeing, or hiking.