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Sean M. Conrad, Ph.D.

Patent Agent
Fax +1.412.355.6501
Dr. Conrad is a Senior Patent Agent in the Pittsburgh office of K&L Gates LLP. He focuses his practice in the areas of patent preparation and patent prosecution with an emphasis in biotechnology. Dr. Conrad has prepared and prosecuted patent applications for a range of technologies including: large molecule therapeutics, small molecule therapeutics, immunotherapeutic agents, recombinant technologies, gene therapy, CRISPR gene editing, stem cells, biological products, and bioassays. Since 2016, Dr. Conrad has drafted ~75 patent applications that focus on CRISPR gene editing, one of the hottest areas in biotechnology.

Professional Background

Dr. Conrad trained and taught in the field of Immunology and Microbiology. His research has appeared in such journals as Journal of Experimental Medicine, Infection and Immunity, and the Journal of Leukocyte Biology.

In 2001, Dr. Conrad received a Bachelor of Science degree, summa cum laude, from Duquesne University, where he was awarded a full-tuition Chancellor’s Merit Scholarship. In 2006, he received a Ph.D. in Immunology from the University of Maryland.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • American Society for Microbiology
  • Society for Leukocyte Biology

Additional Information

Research Publications
  • Miles, S.A., Conrad, S.M., Alves, R.G., Jeronimo, S.M.B., and Mosser, D.M.  2005.  A role for immune complexes during infection with the intracellular pathogen, Leishmania spp.  J. Experimental Medicine  201: pgs. 747-754.

  • Conrad, S.M., Strauss-Ayali, D.,Field, A., Mack, M., and Mosser, D.M.  2006.  Leishmania-derived murine MCP-1 enhances the recruitment of a restrictive population of CCR2-positive macrophages.  Infection & Immunity (75) Issue 2: pgs. 653-665.

  • Field, A., Wagage, S., Conrad, S.M., and Mosser, D.M.  2007.  Reduced Pathology following Infection with Transgenic Leishmania major Expressing Murine CD40 Ligand.  Infection & Immunity.  (75) Issue 6. pgs. 3140-3149.

  • Strauss-Ayali, D., Conrad, S.M., and Mosser, D.M.  2007.  Monocyte Subpopulations and their Differentiation Patterns during Inflammation.  Journal of Leukocyte Biology.  Volume 82(2). pgs. 244-252.