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February 5, 2015Press Release

Michael Best Welcomes Patent Scientist Kate M. Merath

CHICAGO, IL (February 5, 2015) -- Kate M. Merath, Ph.D., has joined the Chicago office of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP as a Patent Scientist in the firm’s growing Intellectual Property Practice Group. Dr. Merath will focus her practice on inventions in life sciences, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals.

Prior to joining Michael Best, Dr. Merath was a Postdoctorate Research Fellow at the Medical College of Wisconsin Biotechnology and Bioengineering Center, where she studied the role of altered proteomic compositions of HDL particles in the development and progression of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease. Additionally, she evaluated the role of diet in chemoprevention through basic science and clinical trials.

Dr. Merath’s research experience further includes identifying a novel mutation in a gene that regulates cholesterol biosynthesis in a mouse model of cataracts and spontaneous persistent skin wounds and subsequently working to elucidate the role of cholesterol homeostasis in the maintenance of eye lens transparency and the integrity of skin barrier properties.

Dr. Merath received her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Genetics from the Medical College of Wisconsin in 2011 and her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Biology from Alverno College in 2005.

Dr. Merath’s current volunteer efforts include work as an Education Outreach Scientist, a role in which she designs and teaches interactive science lessons to local grade school students and mentors students for science fair projects. She is also a member of the Chicago Astronomical Society and The Park People of Milwaukee.

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