Boston University
PhD, 2013, Biomedical Engineering

University of Florida
BS, 2008, summa cum laude, Materials Science and Engineering, Biomaterials Specialization
BA, 2008

Practice Areas

Margo Monroe, PhD

Patent Agent

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Margo Monroe, PhD, employs her professional and technical experience in providing patent protection to various establishments within the life sciences industry.

Practice Focus

Intellectual Property:  assists in the preparation and prosecution of patent applications. Also assists with freedom-to-operate analysis, due diligence reviews, infringement opinions and invalidity analysis.

Previous Experience

Prior to joining Choate, Dr. Monroe was a postdoctoral fellow in the Genetics Department of Harvard Medical School in George Church’s lab where she developed programmable genome engineering technologies to improve health span and drafted provisional patents.  She also worked as a freelance science writer at Addgene.

Dr. Monroe completed her doctoral research in the Photonics Center at Boston University in the Selim Unlu Lab, where her work focused on the development of highly sensitive and multiplexed platforms for allergy diagnostics.  She engineered layered substrate designs to calibrate and enhance fluorescence signals in microarrays, developed protein-based optical biosensors to operate in complex biological fluids, led and wrote successful grant applications and worked closely with the BU Office of Technology Development.  Dr. Monroe completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Florida, where she led research to improve the biocompatibility of materials.

Representative Engagements

  • Assists in due diligence, freedom to operate analysis and portfolio management for range of clients.
  • Conducts expert prior art and patent landscape searches.

Publications and Presentations

  • “Integrated Imaging Instrument for Self-Calibrated Fluorescence Protein Microarrays,” co-author, Review of Scientific Instruments, 2013.
  • “Single Nanoparticle Detection for Multiplexed Protein Diagnostics with Attomolar Sensitivity in Serum and Unprocessed Whole Blood,” first author, Analytical Chemistry, 2013.
  • “A Precisely Controlled Smart Polymer Scaffold for Nanoscale Manipulation of Biomolecules,” co-author, Analytical Chemistry, 2012.
  • “Interferometric Silicon Biochips for Label and Label-Free DNA and Protein Microarrays,” co-author, Proteomics, 2012.
  • Silicon Biochips for Dual Label-Free and Fluorescence Detection: Application to Protein Microarray Development,” co-author, Biosensors and Bioelectronics, 2011.
  • “Multiplexed Method to Calibrate and Quantitate Fluorescence Signal for Allergen-Specific IgE,” first author, Analytical Chemistry, 2011.
  • “Biomolecular Detection Employing the Interferometric Reflectance Imaging Sensor (IRIS),” co-author, Journal of Visualized Experiments, 2011.
  • “Directed Collagen Patterning on Gold-Coated Silicon Substrates Via Micro-Contact Printing,” first author, Materials Science and Engineering, 2009.
  • “pH Effects on Collagen Fibrillogenesis In Vitro: Electrostatic Interactions and Phosphate Binding,” co-author, Materials Science and Engineering C,
  • “Study of Interactions Between Anionic Surfactants and Collagen,” co-author, Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering, 2007.

Professional and Community Involvement

Dr. Monroe currently mentors at Science Club for Girls, advocates science to elected officials through American Institute of Biological Sciences and recently served as a spokesperson for high school girls and minorities interested in STEM careers.  She also is the co-president of the Global Health & Engineering Meetup Group, which collaborates with the Office of Technology Development, School of Engineering and Center for Global Health & Development at Boston University.  At Boston University, Dr. Monroe initiated the Global Health & Engineering Meetup Group, was an elected member of the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Student Council and served as principal oboe player in the BU All-Campus Orchestra.


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