Alicia M. Fraind, Ph.D.
Alicia is a patent agent with research experience in both organic chemistry and biochemistry. Alicia holds two bachelor’s degrees in chemistry and molecular biology from Towson University, and earned her Ph.D. in physical organic chemistry from Johns Hopkins University. Alicia’s graduate research at JHU focused on the study of charge transport in organic conducting polymers. After receiving her doctorate, Alicia completed a postdoctoral position at the University of Virginia where she studied the interaction between synaptotagmin and SNARE proteins to elucidate the role that these proteins play in the docking of vesicles to the presynaptic membrane of neurons.
Alicia has also worked several years as a professional patent searcher focused on chemical patent searching, including a position at the USPTO where she worked for the Scientific and Technical Information Center (STIC) that supports USPTO Examiners in chemistry and chemical engineering. During her time as a patent searcher, Alicia gained extensive experience performing text and chemical structure searches using CAS STN.