Dr. Nandini Mani focuses her practice on U.S. and foreign patent prosecution in the field of life sciences with a focus on cellular and molecular biology, structural biology, microscopy, spectroscopy and physics.
Prior to joining the firm, Nandini was a postdoctoral researcher at Harvard Medical School – Massachusetts General Hospital, where she studied the fundamental processes of cell division and cell signaling. Using a combination of fluorescence microscopy, structural biology and protein biochemistry, she deciphered key molecular mechanisms that enable a dividing cell to find its center, as well as mechanisms that localize proteins within an antenna-like organelle for cell signaling. Nandini earned her PhD in Structural Biology from the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, India. As part of her dissertation work, she determined crystal structures of multiple oligomeric forms of a small Heat Shock Protein, and analyzed how structural heterogeneity contributed to its function.
Nandini’s research has been published in top scientific journals including Nature Chemical Biology, Nature Cell Biology, eLife and Developmental Cell. She has presented her work at an Annual Meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology, a Gordon Research Conference, and the Mitotic Spindle Conference.