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Erin Gaffney

Erin M. Gaffney Ph.D.

Technical Advisor

Dr. Erin Gaffney is a Scientific Advisor in DLA Piper’s Patent Prosecution practice. Erin’s practice focuses on patent prosecution for clients in the life science sector, including small molecule, nucleic acid, and peptide therapeutics, biotechnologies, and sequencing technologies.

Erin has nearly a decade of scientific training in the chemical and biological arts, including extensive research experience in biochemistry, genomics, surface analysis, and biosensing. During her doctoral research, Erin focused on interfacing biological systems with electrode surfaces to investigate biological functions and properties. Erin’s research utilized next-generation sequencing and bioinformatics to quantify genomic and transcriptomic signatures in bacterial biofilms on electrodes. Erin’s doctoral studies also included surface characterization with scanning electron microscopy, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, and confocal fluorescence microscopy. Erin has also developed fluorescent aptamers for biosensing and thermodynamic analyses of RNA secondary structures in retroviruses.

Erin is not a lawyer.

  • Ph.D., University of Utah, Chemistry
  • B.S., Fort Lewis College, Chemistry

Bylines and media

  • Understanding Metabolic Bioelectrocatalysis of the Purple Bacterium Rhodobacter capsulatus Through Substrate Modulation. K. Beaver, E.M. Gaffney, S.D. Minteer, Electrochimica Acta, 2022, 140291.
  • 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). 
  • 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.
  • A Silver Assist for Microbial Fuel Cell Power. E.M. Gaffney, SD Minteer, Science, 2021, 373 (6561), 1308-1309.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Applying Synthetic Biology Strategies to Bioelectrochemical Systems. F. Dong, O. Simoska, E.M. Gaffney, S.D. Minteer, Electrochemical Science Advances, 2021, e2100197.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.