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Expert in Biochemistry, Inorganic, Analytical, Organic Chemistry, Protein Chemistry, Gadolinium, Imaging Agent

Expert ID: 730041 Pennsylvania, USA

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Expert has worked in the fields of bioinorganic, bioorganic, and biophysical chemistry for the past 20 years. Expert runs a large research group at the University of Pennsylvania, in the Department of Chemistry, and mentors graduate students and postdocs in many different project areas. The lab has published more than 50 papers and Expert serves as a regular reviewer of federal grants as well as manuscripts submitted to top journals in these fields.

Expert's lab made the first molecular measurement of radon binding to a molecular host in the past year, and is a world expert in noble gases, particularly xenon and radon.

Expert has more than 15 years of experience in protein chemistry. Expert has served as an expert witness in commercial litigation surrounding an enzyme-based project. He showed definitively that the product in question did function as advertised. This case was successfully settled in favor of the defendant, who also won on the counter charges. Expert was deposed in these cases by the plaintiffs.

Expert has a broad background in fluorescence spectroscopy and microscopy, and has published numerous papers in these areas. In addition, the Expert laboratory is a leading center for MRI contrast agent development, with a focus on the isotope Xe-129. Most recently, Expert has served as an expert witness for two cases representing plaintiffs who were injured by Omniscan, a common gadolinium MRI contrast agent, which is produced by GE. The first case has already been settled successfully, in favor of the plaintiffs. Expert was deposed in this case by the defense, a team of GE lawyers.

He serves as a reviewer of governmental grant applications, R-01, SBIR, and shared instrumentation proposals. Topics range from biochemistry, biotechnology, imaging science, and bio-analytical chemistry.He served as an expert witness for a lawsuit involving an enzymatic cleaning product, representing the defendants. The expert proved that the enzyme activity was maintained in the product and worked as advertised. The expert oversaw a wide range of experiments, in addition to helping to shape the successful defense. The expert wrote an extensive report, was deposed for 8 hours by the plaintiffs, and prepared for presentation at trial. The case was successfully settled just before expert testimony was required.He served as an expert witness for a lawsuit involving Omniscan, a top-selling gadolinium-based MRI contrast agent. He represented the patient injured by the MRI agent, and the case was successfully settled in the patient's favor. The expert wrote an extensive report documenting the failiures in drug testing and reporting. He was deposed for 8 hours by the GE lawyers for the defense. This case was successfully setttled in the plaintiffs favor.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: New York, New York - Yonkers, New York - Newark, New Jersey - Jersey City, New Jersey - Paterson, New Jersey - Elizabeth, New Jersey - Trenton, New Jersey - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Allentown, Pennsylvania - Baltimore, Maryland

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Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 2000 Degree: Ph.D. Subject: Chemistry Institution: California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
Year: 1994 Degree: B.A. Subject: Chemistry Institution: Harvard University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2003 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Associate Professor Department: Chemistry Responsibilities: I run a research lab of 10-20 people, teach undergraduate and graduate courses, and perform many administrative duties. In 2011-12 I was Vice Chair of the Chemistry Department.
Years: 2000 to 2002 Employer: California Institute of Technology Title: Postdoctoral Scholar Department: Biology Responsibilities: I performed research in the labs of Prof. Scott Fraser in the fields of biological imaging and optical microscopy.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1994 to 1995 Country / Region: Mainz, Germany Summary: He worked as a lab technician for a lab in Mainz, Germany. He has working knowledge of German and French.

Career Accomplishments

Awards / Recognition
2012 Awardee, McKnight Technological Innovations in Neuroscience
2011 Awardee, McGroddy Frontiers in Science, St. Joseph’s Univ.
2010 Invitee, National Academies Keck Futures Initiative Imaging Meeting
2007 Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award
2005 NSF CAREER Award
2003 Camille and Henry Dreyfus New Faculty Award
2000 Herbert Newby McCoy Award, Caltech Chemistry Department
1990 United States Presidential Scholar
Publications and Patents Summary
He has 57 publications in peer-reviewed journals as of May, 2013. Most of these publications are in areas of biological chemistry, with relevance to contrast agents, biomedical imaging, bio-nanotechnology, gene therapy, protein engineering, and anesthesia.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
I have served as an expert witness in 3 cases between 2007 and the present time. All of these cases were settled in favor of my client.
Training / Seminars
I am a professor and teach 2-3 courses per year. I also give 5-10 research lectures nationally and internationally every year.
Other Relevant Experience
I can perform experiments for clients, and also manage data collection by third-party vendors. I have been hired previously to read patents and work documents relevant to patent defense. I myself have several patents, and I am familiar with patent writing. I have many personal connections within academia, industry, and government labs.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
French I have had a very high level of proficiency in French. Due to lack of use, my skills have slipped to intermediate level. I have spent a total of 3 months in France and studied the language for ~6 years in high school and college.
German Intermediate level proficiency, based on a 9-month stay in Mainz, Germany in 1994-95.

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