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Erin Gaffney

Erin M. Gaffney, Ph.D.

Patent Agent

Dr. Erin Gaffney is a registered patent agent for the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and is a member of DLA Piper’s Patent Prosecution practice in Seattle. Erin’s practice focuses on patent prosecution for clients in the life science and chemical industries related to small molecule, nucleic acid, and peptide chemistries and systems. Her expertise spans a wide range of chemical and biological technologies and enables her to efficiently understand technology and assist inventors with their intellectual property needs. 

Erin has a broad area of research expertise including studies of extremophilic bacteria, next generation sequencing, nucleic acid secondary structure and thermodynamic analyses, and biosensor development. She is confident in multi-disciplinary experimental techniques including electrochemistry, surface characterization, genomics, bioinformatics, and biological assays. Erin completed postdoctoral research with an NSF-funded Center for Chemical Innovation (CCI) at the University of Utah studying electro-organic synthesis and aiding in overall center collaboration between leading electrochemistry research groups across the nation.

Erin is not a lawyer.
Bar admissionsUnited States Patent and Trademark Office
  • Ph.D., University of Utah, Chemistry
  • B.S., Fort Lewis College, Chemistry

Bylines and media

  • A Silver Assist for Microbial Fuel Cell Power. E.M. Gaffney, S.D. Minteer, Science, 2021, 373 (6561), 1308-1309.
  • Investigating the Electroactivity of Salinivibrio sp. EAGSL, through Electroanalytical Techniques and Genomic Insights. E.M. Gaffney, A. Dantanarayana, O. Simoska, S.D. Minteer, Journal of The Electrochemical Society, 2022, 169 (2).
  • Editors’ Choice—Review—Exploration of Computational Approaches for Understanding Microbial Electrochemical Systems: Opportunities and Future Directions. E.M. Gaffney, M. Grattieri, Z. Rhodes, S.D. Minteer, Journal of The Electrochemical Society, 2020, 167 (6), 065502.
  • The Use of Electroactive Halophilic Bacteria for Improvements and Advancements in Environmental High Saline Biosensing. E.M. Gaffney, O. Simoska, S.D. Minteer, Biosensors, 2021, 11 (2), 48.
  • Breath Biosensing: Using Electrochemical Enzymatic Sensors for Detection of Biomarkers in Human Breath. E.M. Gaffney, K. Lim, S.D. Minteer, Current Opinion in Electrochemistry, 2020, 23, 26-30.
  • Draft Genome Sequence of Salinivibrio sp. Strain EAGSL, a Biotechnologically Relevant Halophilic Microorganism. E.M. Gaffney, M. Grattieri, S.D. Minteer, Microbiology Resource Announcements, 2020, 9 (43), e01020.
  • Unveiling Salinity Effects on Photo-Bioelectrocatalysis Through Combination of Bioinformatics and Electrochemistry. E.M. Gaffney, M. Grattieri, K. Beaver, J. Pham, C. McCartney, S.D. Minteer, Electrochimica Acta, 2020, 337, 135731.
  • Understanding Metabolic Bioelectrocatalysis of the Purple Bacterium Rhodobacter capsulatus Through Substrate Modulation. K. Beaver, E.M. Gaffney, S.D. Minteer, Electrochimica Acta, 2022, 140291.
  • Recent Trends and Advances in Microbial Electrochemical Sensing Technologies: An Overview. O. Simoska, E.M. Gaffney, S.D. Minteer, A. Franzetti, P. Cristiani, M. Grattieri, C. Santoro, Current Opinion in Electrochemistry, 2021, 30, 100762.
  • Engineering Cyanobacterium with Transmembrane Electron Transfer Ability for Bioelectrochemical Nitrogen Fixation. F. Dong, Y.S. Lee, E.M. Gaffney, W. Liou, S.D. Minteer, ACS Catalysis, 2021, 11(21), 13169-13179.
  • An Engineered, Non-Diazotrophic Cyanobacterium and its Application in Bioelectrochemical Nitrogen Fixation. F. Dong, Y.S. Lee, E.M. Gaffney, M. Grattieri, H. Haddadin, S.D. Minteer, H. Chen, Cell Reports Physical Science, 2021, 2 (6), 100444.
  • Advances in Electrochemical Modification Strategies of 5‐Hydroxymethylfurfural. O. Simoska, Z. Rhodes, S. Weliwatte, J.R. Cabrera‐Pardo, E.M. Gaffney, K. Lim, S.D. Minteer, ChemSusChem, 2021, 14 (7), 1674-1686.
  • Understanding the Properties of Phenazine Mediators that Promote Extracellular Electron Transfer in Escherichia coli. O. Simoska, E.M. Gaffney, K. Lim, K. Beaver, S.D. Minteer, Journal of The Electrochemical Society, 2021, 168 (2), 025503.
  • Applying Synthetic Biology Strategies to Bioelectrochemical Systems. F. Dong, O. Simoska, E.M. Gaffney, S.D. Minteer, Electrochemical Science Advances, 2021, e2100197.
  • Fundamentals, Applications, and Future Directions of Bioelectrocatalysis. H. Chen, O. Simoska, K. Lim, M. Grattieri, M. Yuan, F. Dong, Y.S. Lee, K. Beaver, S. Weliwatte, E.M. Gaffney, S.D. Minteer, Chemical Reviews, 2020, 120 (23), 12903-12993.
  • Advancing the Fundamental Understanding and Practical Applications of Photo-Bioelectrocatalysis. M. Grattieri, K. Beaver, E.M. Gaffney, F. Dong, S.D. Minteer, Chemical Communications, 2020, 56 (61), 8553-8568.
  • Tuning Purple Bacteria Salt-Tolerance for Photobioelectrochemical Systems in Saline Environments. M. Grattieri, K. Beaver, E.M. Gaffney, S.D. Minteer, Faraday Discussions, 2019, 215, 15-25.
  • Electrometabolic Pathways: Recent Developments in Bioelectrocatalytic Cascades. D.P. Hickey, E.M. Gaffney, S.D. Minteer, Topics in Current Chemistry, 2018, 376 (6), 43.