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Steven Denny

Steven Denny, Ph.D.

Patent Law Clerk*

Dr. Steven Denny supports our patent prosecution practice in the areas of chemistry, biotechnology, and biomedical devices. He has extensive research experience in synthetic biology, catalysis, and materials characterization.

Steven received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Columbia University, where he studied selective C-O bond scission in biomass-derived oxygenates. During his graduate research, he employed electrochemical and ultrahigh vacuum techniques to investigate metal-modified carbide and nitride catalyst surfaces. Prior to graduate school, he worked in various synthetic biology labs employing CRISPR-Cas3 and other gene editing techniques to investigate assembly mechanisms of Cas proteins into multi-subunit complexes called Cascades (CRISPR-associated complex for antiviral defense).

Steven has published his research in several peer-reviewed journals, including Nucleic Acids Research, ACS Catalysis, and Nature Communications.

Before joining the firm, he worked as a technical specialist at a large IP boutique firm.



  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Columbia University, 2021
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, North Carolina State University, 2017


  • *Not admitted to the practice of law