University of Maryland
PhD, 2016
MS, 2012
Electrical Engineering

Birla Institute of Technology and Science
MSc, 2007, Biological Sciences
BE, 2007, Electrical and Electronics Engineering

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Sowmya Subramanian, PhD

Staff Scientist

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Dr. Sowmya Subramanian is a staff scientist with Choate’s Intellectual Property group. She has a unique multidisciplinary background as evidenced by her graduate training in Electrical Engineering and the Biological sciences. She uses her extensive multidisciplinary training and works closely with the firm’s senior attorneys to assist the firm’s clients with various aspects of IP strategy and patent portfolio management.

Practice Focus

Intellectual Property: assists in the preparation and prosecution of patent applications.

Previous Experience

Prior to joining Choate, Dr. Subramanian, worked as a Science Writer at a science education firm, where her responsibilities included drafting and reviewing scripts and storyboards for science education videos. Through these videos, she conveyed complex concepts in the fields of electrical engineering, bioMEMS, biomedical engineering, bioengineering, nanotechnology, biological sciences and chemistry to a varied audience. During her doctoral work at the University of Maryland, Sowmya designed and developed an integrated medical device for real-time bacterial biofilm detection and treatment using Lab-on-a-Chip technology. During her master’s she developed a carbon nanotube field-effect transistor (CNTFET) biosensor for pico-gram level genetic detection of Escherichia coli in food samples. Before graduate school, she was a Research & Development Engineer at IBM India Pvt. Ltd, where she worked in the various domains of physical design including floor-planning, power routing, clock tree synthesis, routing, timing and rule generation for 65 nm and 45 nm technologies.

Representative Engagements

  • Assist in portfolio management, preparation and prosecution of patent applications related to electrical and computer engineering, bioengineering, nanotechnology, and biological products.
  • Conduct patent landscape and freedom-to-operate analyses.

Sample Publications

  • “An Integrated Microsystem for Real-Time Detection and Threshold-Activated Treatment of Bacterial Biofilms”, co-author, ACS Interfaces and Applied Materials, Volume 9, Issue 37, Pages 31362-71, August 2017.
    • Autoinducer-2 Analogs and Electric Fields - An Antibiotic-Free Bacterial Biofilm Combination Treatment,” co-author, Biomedical Microdevices, Volume 18, Issue 5, Article 95, October 2016.
    • “A Surface Acoustic Wave Biofilm Sensor Integrated with a Treatment Method based on the Bioelectric Effect,” co-author, Sensors and Actuators A: Physical, Volume 238, February 2016.
    • “An Optical Microfluidic Platform for Spatiotemporal Biofilm Treatment Monitoring,” co-author, Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, Volume 26, Number 1, 015013, January 2016.
    • “Effect of Electrical Energy on the Efficacy of Biofilm Treatment using the Bioelectric Effect,” co-author, npj Biofilms and Microbiomes, Volume 1, 15016, September 2015.
    • Multi-depth Valved Microfluidics for Biofilm Segmentation,” co-author, Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, Volume 25, Number 9, 095003, August 2015.
    • “An Empirical Approach for Quantifying Loop-mediated Isothermal Amplification (LAMP) using Escherichia coli as a Model System,” co-author, PLoS ONE, Volume 9, Issue 6, e100596, June 2014.
      • “Loop-mediated Isothermal Amplification (LAMP) of Gene Sequences and Simple Visual Detection of Products,” errata, Nature Protocols, Volume 3, Issue 5, Pages 877-882, January 2012.
      • “Rapid, Sensitive and Label-free Detection of Shiga-toxin Producing Escherichia coli O157 using Carbon Nanotube Biosensors,” co-author, Biosensors and Bioelectronics, Volume 32, Issue 1, February 2012.

      Representative Conferences

      • "Flexible Impedance Sensor for In Situ Sensing of Catheter Biofilms," co-author, The 21st International Conference on Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences (MicroTAS 2017), Savannah, GA, October 22-26, 2017.
      •  "Microsystems for Detecting and Treating Antibiotic Resistant Bacterial Biofilms," co-author, 2017 Global Grand Challenges Summit, Washington, D.C., July 18-20, 2017.
      • "Electrodynamic modeling of bacterial biofilm impedance sensing," co-authorBMES Frontiers in Medical Devices, College Park, MD, May 2017.
      • "Bacterial Biofilms on 3D-printed Implant Materials," co-authorAVS 63rd International Symposium, Nashville, TN, November, 2016.
      • "Micro FBI: A microsystem for Feedback-based Biofilm Inhibition," co-authorIEEE Sensors, Orlando, FL, October-November, 2016. (Invited Paper)
      • "Real-time Impedimetric Sensing of Bacterial Biofilms in Microfluidics," speaker, 26th Anniversary World Congress on Biosensors, Gothenburg, Sweden, May 2016.
      • "Bacterial Biofilm Combination Treatment using a Real-Time Microfluidic Platform," speaker, 18th International Conference on Solid-State Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems, Transducers, Anchorage, AK, June 2015.
      • "A Real-time Bacterial Biofilm Characterization Platform using a Microfluidic System," Mid-Atlantic Micro/Nano Alliance (MAMNA), Columbia, MD, April 2015.
      • "The Development of a Valve based Microfluidic Biofilm Reactor for Biofilm Studies with Integrated Controls," speakerAVS 61st International Symposium and Exhibition, Baltimore, MD, November 2014.
      • "An Enhanced Pseudomonas aeruginosa Biofilm Treatment using an Integrated Microsystem," co-authorThe 18th International Conference on Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences (MicroTAS), San Antonio, TX, October 2014.
      • "A Real-time Bacterial Biofilm Characterization Platform using a Microfluidic System," speakerTechnical Digest of the 2014 Solid-State Sensor and Actuator Workshop, Hilton Head, SC, June 2014.
      • "A Quantitative Model for Loop-mediated Isothermal Amplification (LAMP): Detection of Vero-toxin Producing E. coli," co-author24th Anniversary World Congress on Biosensors, Melbourne, Australia, May 2014.
      • "Microsystems for Characterization, Sensing and Treatment of Bacterial Biofilms," speakerMid-Atlantic Micro/Nano Alliance (MAMNA), Baltimore, MD, March 2014.
      • "Lab-on-a-chip Systems for Bacterial Biofilm Detection and Analysis," co-author, International Semiconductor Device Research Symposium (ISDRS), Bethesda, MD, December 2013. (Invited paper)
        • "Microfluidic Biofilm Observation, Analysis and Treatment (Micro-BOAT) Platform," co-author, Mid-Atlantic Micro/Nano Alliance (MAMNA), Gaithersburg, MD, May 2013.
        • "Biosensor for E. coli Detection in Food Samples," speakerUniversity of Maryland Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (JIFSAN) Advisory Council Symposium, Greenbelt, MD, April 2011.

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