Boston College Law School
JD Expected, 2015

Columbia University
PhD, 2006, Genetics

Tufts University
BS, 2000, cum laude, Biology


US Patent & Trademark Office

Cristin D. Berkey, PhD

Patent Agent

t 617-248-4748   f 617-248-4000

Cristin Berkey is a dedicated patent practitioner with experience assisting a wide array of clients, from individual inventors to large pharmaceutical companies. She has over ten years of scientific research experience in the fields of genetics and molecular biology, giving her particular insight into the intellectual property-related issues faced by biotech companies and academic institutions.

Practice Focus

Intellectual Property:  assists in the preparation and prosecution of patent applications, specializing in the areas of genetics, microbiology and immunology.  Also assists with due diligence reviews, infringement opinions and invalidity analysis.

Previous Experience

Dr. Berkey received her PhD in Genetics from Columbia University, where she studied the molecular mechanisms underlying fungal pathogenesis in the lab of Dr. Marian Carlson.  As a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School and Children’s Hospital Boston, Dr. Berkey continued to pursue her interest in microbial infection in the lab of Dr. Paula Watnick, where she studied the disease cholera and successfully identified several new host genes affecting susceptibility to infection.

Before coming to Choate, Dr. Berkey was patent agent at a Boston area law firm where she drafted and prosecuted patent applications. 

Representative Engagements

  • Assists in preparation and prosecution of patent applications relating to wide range of life sciences innovations.
  • Assists in preparation and prosecution of patent applications and ongoing IP portfolio management in US and foreign countries for large pharmaceutical company.
  • Assisted in preparation and prosecution of patent applications relating to medical devices and medical software.

Publications and Presentations

  • “Genetic Analysis of Drosophila Melanogaster Susceptibility to Intestinal Vibrio Cholerae Infection,” first author, Cellular Microbiology, 2009.
  • “A Specific Catalytic Subunit Isoforms of Protein Kinase CK2 is required for Phosphorylation of the Repressor Nrg1 in Saccharomyces Cerevisiae,” first author, Current Genetics, 2006.
  • “Repressors Nrg1 and Nrg2 Regulate a Set of Stress-Responsive Genes in Saccharomyces Cerevisiae,” co-author, Eukaryotic Cell, 2005.
  • “Nrg1 and Nrg2 Transcriptional Repressors are Differently Regulated in Response to Carbon Source,” first author, Eukaryotic Cell, 2004.
  • “Mutations in the Gal83 Glycogen-Binding Domain Activate the Snf1/Gal83 Kinase Pathway by a Glycogen-Independent Mechanism,” co-author, Molecular and Cellular Biology, 2004.
  • “Individual Recognition and Memory in Homarus Americanus Male Female Interactions,” first author, The Biological Bulletin, 2003.
  • “Molecular Switches and DNA Chips,” co-author, SPIE, 1999.

Professional and Community Involvement

Dr. Berkey is a member of the Boston Patent Law Association and the American Society for Microbiology.  She is also Chair of the Boston Patent Law Association Patent Agents and Technical Specialists Committee.



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