Maria practices in the life sciences group and assists in drafting and prosecuting U.S. and foreign patent applications, performs freedom to operate and patentability analyses, and conducts due diligence reviews. She works with a wide range of early-stage and established biotechnology companies and applies her extensive experience in molecular biochemistry, parasitology, and immunology to help clients develop strategic patent portfolios. Prior to joining L&A, Maria worked as a technology specialist at a Boston-area IP law firm specializing in the biotechnology and life sciences fields.
Maria earned her Ph.D. in Immunology at Tufts University. Her doctoral research focused on understanding Cryptosporidium-host cell interactions, specifically the role of O-glycosylation during infection. To this end, she developed a novel bioengineered 3D human intestinal model to support long-term infection with Cryptosporidium to better characterize the host parasite interactions. She also cloned and enzymatically characterized recombinant polypeptide GalNAc Transferase-4 from C. parvum to evaluate its potential as a novel therapeutic agent.
Maria has authored several peer-reviewed articles which are published in Infection and Immunity, Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology, and Radiation Research.