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Rikki A. Hullinger, Ph.D.*

Patent Scientist

*Names that appear with an asterisk indicate a Michael Best professional not admitted to practice law.


Rikki applies knowledge and training she received while earning a Ph.D. in neuroscience to science-based strategies for life sciences and biotechnology patent prosecution.

Her broad experience in neuroscience, as well as biochemistry, cell culture, animal models, molecular biology, electrophysiology, and surgical techniques gives her a unique perspective on the challenges facing developers of cutting edge technologies and inventions.


Prior to joining Michael Best, Rikki was a National Science Graduate Research Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she studied the role of metabotropic glutamate receptors and downstream signaling cascades in successful cognitive aging in the rat. She has also studied the secretory pathway of the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) and identified a novel role for the ER membrane acetyl-coA transporter AT-1 in the development autism spectrum disorder in a mouse model. 

Honors & Recognitions

  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2011-2016
  • Neuroscience Training Program Student Travel Award, 2012


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