Erin J. Heenan, Ph.D., is an associate in Sterne Kessler’s Biotechnology & Chemical Practice Group. Her professional expertise includes genetics, molecular biology, and biochemistry. Erin assists in the preparation and prosecution of U.S. and foreign patent applications, as well as freedom-to-operate and patentability issues, validity and infringement issues, and due diligence investigations. She practices primarily in the fields of immunology, molecular biology, and companion diagnostics.
Prior to joining the firm, Erin interned in the Chambers of the Honorable Arthur J. Gajarsa at the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, where she drafted legal research memoranda and aided in the preparation of various types of cases before the court.
While earning her Ph.D. in biochemistry and biophysics from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, Erin mapped the domains of Vps15, a newly discovered member of a G-protein signaling pathway that originates intracellularly in yeast. Erin determined the role of each domain of Vps15 in the signaling pathway, and designed and tested mutant forms of Vps15. This work was published in the journal Biochemistry. For her work, Erin received the Diane Harris Leadership Award in Biochemistry and Biophysics, the J. Irvin Logan Fellowship, and a Cancer Cell Biology Predoctoral Training Grant funded by the National Institutes of Health.
Erin is also a recipient of the Sterne Kessler scholarship at George Mason University School of Law, which she won in the fall of 2010. She earned her B.S. in chemistry from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, with honors and distinction.