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Frank Salinas, Ph.D.
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Frank G. Salinas’, Ph.D., work at McAndrews, Held & Malloy includes providing technical support for patent prosecution, opinion and litigation matters covering a wide range of technology platforms encompassing the chemical and biotechnology arts. He has provided patent litigation technical support regarding novel DNA vector-host systems employed in antibody production and the generation of phage display combinatorial libraries utilized in antibody engineering.  His prosecution and opinion work has included such diverse technologies as viral mediated gene therapy and single crystal scintillation detectors employed in positron emission tomography.

After receiving his Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Frank was awarded a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Graduate Student Researchers Fellowship to pursue research regarding the operation and control of multifunctional enzyme complexes responsible for mediating genetic recombination to be utilized in genetic engineering technologies. This work required the utilization of advanced nucleic acid and protein chemistry as well as biophysical techniques such as Surface Plasma Resonance (SPR) and Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET) technology in the analysis of protein structure/function relationships.

After finishing his graduate work, Frank was awarded an Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research Fellowship to pursue studies as a visiting scientist at The University of Alberta at Edmonton.  His studies focused on stationary-phase ("adaptive") mutagenesis and regarded the modulation of mutation rates and genetic stability in response to environmental or developmental cues important in the origins of cancer.  This work required the utilization of advanced molecular genetics and recombinant DNA technology.

Frank then joined the Chemistry Department at Penn State University as a National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellow.  His work centered on the development and use of combinatorial protein/peptide libraries and high-throughput screening formats for the directed evolution of novel catalysts and the characterization of bio-effecting synthetic organic compounds.  This work included the development of novel array-based biosensor platforms, including nanoparticle-amplified surface plasmon resonance technologies. 

Related Experience

  • National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellow at Penn State University, Chemistry Department
  • Visiting Scientist at the University of Alberta at Edmonton
  • Graduate Student Fellow at NASA

Honors & Awards

  • RO1 Supplemental Research Award, National Institute of General Medical Sciences
  • Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research Fellowship
  • NASA Graduate Student Researchers Fellowship

Areas of Practice


Bar Admissions / Registrations

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


  • Pennsylvania State University, NIH Postdoctoral Fellow
  • The University of Texas at Austin, Ph.D. Biochemistry, NASA Graduate Student Fellow
  • Saint Mary’s University, B.S. Biology/Chemistry