Mona Malik

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

Patent Agent & Technical Advisor 312.637.3023


As a patent agent and technical advisor with a doctorate degree and a dozen years of scientific research experience, Mona Malik, Ph.D., brings research experience in life sciences to support patent prosecution and litigation as well as technical and scientific guidance. Mona brings noteworthy credentials and experience to patent prosecution and litigation in areas such as pharmaceuticals, cellular biology and botany. She also supports clients in other science-related fields, immunology/ immunotherapy, biochemistry, pharmacology, virology, oncology, plant sciences and agriculture.

Mona earned a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge after investigating complex mechanisms of chromosomal gene recombination and gene replacement. Her work as a postdoctoral research associate focused on various mechanisms responsible for cell cycle regulation and the repair of DNA lesions induced by anti-cancer therapy.

Mona played a critical role in research for the advancement of cancer therapies. She defined the function of the Tyrosyl-DNA Phosphodiesterase enzyme in the repair of DNA-damage induced by DNA Topoisomerase II inhibitors, an important class of anti-cancer drugs. Her work was seminal in the further development of DNA assays to possibly use mutations of the gene TDP1 as a potential biomarker in cancer therapy.

Mona 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 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. Mona’s work in the fields of immunology, anti-cancer therapy and HIV-treatment was published in leading scientific journals.

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

Professional History

  • Patent Agent, Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP, 2015-present
  • Technical Advisor & Patent Agent, Husch Blackwell LLP, 2009-15
  • Faculty Member and Research Associate, University of Pennsylvania, Department of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care at the School of Medicine, 2006-09
  • Postdoctoral Research Assistant, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Department of Molecular Pharmacology, 2000-06



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


University of Agriculture, Punjab, B.S., 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, 1998-99


Charles Wallace Trust Award, 1998-99


Raymond and Beverly Sackler Award, 1997-98