Melissa Sistrunk

Patent Agent
Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

United States
T:+1 713 651 3735
United States
T:+1 713 651 3735
Melissa Sistrunk

Melissa Sistrunk


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With her extensive knowledge of biochemistry, cell and molecular biology and genetics, Melissa Sistrunk knows what it takes to prosecute a diverse biotechnological patent application. A patent agent in the Houston office since 1999, Melissa obtains and prosecutes patents involving intellectual property, molecular genetics, biochemistry and immunology.

Her recent significant work includes:

  • Obtaining patents related to cellular therapies and immunotherapies

  • Obtaining patents related to chimeric antigen receptors

  • Obtaining patents related to production of de-differentiated fibroblasts for various therapeutic purposes

  • Support for transactional work related to MTA breaches and inventorship issues

  • FTO work related to chimeric antigen receptor components

  • FTO work related to immune cell therapies

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PhD, Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Rice University, 1995
BS, magna cum laude and University Honors, Biochemistry, Texas A&M University, 1990

Melissa was a postdoctoral fellow at Baylor College of Medicine in the Human and Molecular Genetics Department and was funded through a National Institutes of Health Research Award. In 1999, she was registered before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

  • US Patent and Trademark Attorney
  • US Patent and Trademark Agent
  • "Telomerase, Ku, and Telometric Silencing in Saccharomyces Cerevisiae," Chromosoma, 1998
  • "Arabidopsis Thaliana Responses to Mechanical Stimulation Do Not Require ETR1 or EIN2," Plant Physiology, 1998
  • "Plant Responses to Environmental Stress: Regulations and Functions of the Arabidopsis TCH Genes," Planta, 1997
  • "Arabidopsis TCH3 Encodes a Novel Ca2+ and Shows Environmentally Induced and Tissue-Specific Regulation," The Plant Cell, 1994
  • "Plant Responses to the Environment: Regulation and Function of Arabidopsis TCH3," University of Houston Southwestern Developmental Biology Conference, Houston, Texas, May 1995
  • "Sequence, Promoter Analysis, and Localization of Expression of TCH3, a Calmomodulin-Related Gene in Arabidopsis Thaliana," Lost Pines Molecular Biology Conference, Houston, Texas, October 1994
  • The Association of University Technology Managers
  • Houston Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Supervises Norton Rose Fulbright Intellectual Property Interns for Baylor College of Medicine