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  • Education
    • J.D., Washington University in St. Louis, 2007
    • Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis, 2004, Immunology
    • B.S., University of Illinois, 1998, Biochemistry
  • Bar Jurisdictions
    • Illinois, 2010
    • Missouri, 2007
    • Admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office

Rebecca Riley-Vargas works with clients to develop commercially relevant patent protection for their products, processes, and methodologies, or to analyze such estates for various transactional purposes. Rebecca enjoys working side-by-side with scientists and innovators to understand the science, allowing her to: 

  • Develop patent claims that capture the heart of the invention;
  • Develop strategies for identifying freedom to operate in the crowded biotech space; and
  • Provide counsel appropriate to the client’s size, position, and goals.

Rebecca has worked with clients of all sizes – from brand new start-ups to large pharmaceutical companies, and has a special liking for universities. 

During Rebecca’s graduate work at Washington University, she concentrated her research on the role of the immune system in reproduction. This doctoral focus gave her experience in the fields of reproductive biology, immunology, molecular biology, protein chemistry, genetic engineering, biochemistry, stem cells, and confocal microscopy.

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Targeted and Restricted Complement Activation on Acrosome-Reacted Spermatozoa
Journal of Clinical Investigation
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CD46: Expanding Beyond Complement Regulation
Trends in Immunology
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Expression of Membrane Cofactor Protein (MCP; CD46) on Spermatozoa: Just a Complement Inhibitor?
Modern Aspects of Immunobiology
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Characterization of Human Membrane Cofactor Protein (MCP; CD46) on Spermatozoa
Molecular Reproduction and Development
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Cutting Edge: Inhibiting Measles Virus Infection but Promoting Reproduction: An Explanation for Splicing and Tissue-Specific Expression of CD46
Journal of Immunology