Mona Malik, Ph.D., B.Sc.

Patent Agent and Technical Advisor 312.637.3023


A patent agent and technical advisor with a doctorate degree and a dozen years of scientific research experience, Dr. Malik brings noteworthy credentials and experience to patent prosecution and litigation in areas such as pharmaceuticals, cellular biology and botany.

Dr. Malik earned her Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge after investigating complex mechanisms of chromosomal gene recombination and gene replacement. Subsequently, her postdoctoral scientific research focused on various mechanisms responsible for the repair of DNA lesions induced by anti-cancer therapy.

Dr. Malik defined the function of the enzyme named Tyrosyl-DNA Phosphodiesterase in the repair of DNA-damage triggered by anti-cancer drugs. Her work was pivotal in the further development of DNA assays to possibly use mutations of the gene TDP1 as a potential biomarker in cancer therapy.

Dr. Malik previously served as a faculty member and research associate at the University of Pennsylvania. Working in the Department of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care at the Perelman School of Medicine, she investigated the biochemistry of intracellular signaling pathways in mononuclear phagocytes and uncovered a novel mechanism of monocyte infiltration in the central nervous system of HIV-infected patients. Dr. Malik’s work in the fields of immunology, anti-cancer therapy and HIV-treatment has been published in leading scientific journals.

Dr. Malik’s undergraduate degree is in arid-zone agriculture. She specialized in plant breeding and genetics and developed improved wheat varieties. Dr. Malik also studied food technology, soil sciences, plant pathology, animal husbandry, agronomy, entomology and horticulture.                            

At Hahn Loeser

As a patent agent and technical advisor in Hahn Loeser’s Chicago office, Dr. Malik supports patent prosecution and litigation and provides technical and scientific guidance in various fields of life sciences, including cell biology, immunology/immunotherapy, genetics, biochemistry, pharmacology, virology, oncology, plant sciences and agriculture.

A Few Clients

  • Pharmaceutical companies and Research Institutes



University of Cambridge (UK), Ph.D., Department of Genetics, 1999


University of Agriculture, Punjab, B.S. in agriculture, with honors, 1994

Memberships & Affiliations

American Association for Cancer Research: member


American Society for Microbiology: member


Cambridge Commonwealth Society: fellow


Genetics Society of America: member


University of Cambridge Alumni Association: life member

Bar Admissions

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2012 (Registration Number: 69135)

Awards & Distinctions

American Association for Cancer Research, Pfizer Scholar in Cancer Research Award, 2001


British Federation of Women Graduates Award, 1998-1999


Charles Wallace Trust Award, 1998-1999


Raymond and Beverly Sackler Award, 1997-1998