Denise Ray is involved in patent drafting and patent prosecution in the areas of biotechnology, pharmacology and life sciences. Dr. Ray received her B.S. in biology from the State University of New York at Geneseo and her M.S. and Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology from the University of Rochester. Dr. Ray completed postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Rochester and at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.
Dr. Ray’s research has focused on various aspects of cancer biology and inflammation. As a graduate student, she discovered that small molecule agonists of Peroxisome Proliferator Activated Receptor-gamma (PPARg) induced apoptosis in malignant B-cells. As a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Rochester, Dr. Ray discovered that platelets contain PPARg and that PPARg agonists inhibited platelet activation. As a postdoctoral fellow at NIEHS, Dr. Ray utilized siRNA and bioluminescence imaging techniques to study the role of TAK1 kinase in fatty acid-induced breast cancer metastasis.
Her academic research experience encompassed the fields of molecular and cellular biology, cancer biology, immunology and thrombosis, leading to co-authored publications in peer-reviewed journals, including Journal of Immunology, Blood, Cancer Research, Journal of Biological Chemistry, BioDrugs, Thrombosis and Haemostasis, Clinical Immunology, and Biochemistry and Cell Biology.
- Prepares and prosecutes domestic and foreign patent applications related to transgenic plants, vaccines, immunological therapies and cancer therapies.