Kaci Kratch, Ph.D., is a student associate in Sterne Kessler’s Biotechnology and Chemical Practice Group, where she assists with the preparation and prosecution of U.S. and foreign patent applications. Kaci also provides assistance with patentability, validity, infringement, and freedom to operate analyses. Her technical areas of expertise include organic chemistry, chemical biology, drug discovery, and small molecules.

Kaci received her Ph.D. in chemistry from Texas A&M University, where her graduate research focused on synthesizing and incorporating non-cannonical amino acids into proteins, post-translational modifications of proteins, and developing novel peptide ligation techniques. In addition, Kaci worked on drug discovery and drug design for COVID-19 therapeutics, including synthesizing Mpro inhibitors and identifying compounds for repurposing as anti-Covid small molecules. She also worked on synthesizing and characterizing small molecules as hypoxia activated prodrugs and their applications in targeting tumor cells. Kaci received her Bachelors degree in Chemistry from the University of North Texas in 2016 where her research focused on the development of dye-sensitized solar cells.

  • Ph.D., Chemistry, Texas A&M University
  • B.S., Chemistry, University of North Texas
  • J.D., Candidate (2026), University of Houston Law Center

  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish