Kelly A. Barton, Ph.D.

Kelly A. Barton, Ph.D.

Dr. Barton, informed by fifteen years of experience in biochemical research, assists with preparing and prosecuting patent applications in the U.S. and foreign countries, patentability assessments, and freedom to operate and patent infringement opinions. Kelly’s broad research background and technical dexterity has allowed her support clients in diverse fields of technology including antibodies, fusion protein conjugates, medical diagnostics, carbohydrate chemistry, agricultural chemicals and products, colorants, flavorings, food products, small molecule therapeutics and formulations, methods of disease treatment, polymers, catalysts, electrochemistry, molecular diagnostics, and biophysical research tools.

Professional Experience

Registered Patent Agent, Casimir Jones, S.C., July 2019 to present
Patent Scientist, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, October 2017-June 2019
Research Scientist/Senior Scientist-Technical Manager, Rivertop Renewables, May 2012-July 2017
Postdoctoral Researcher, Laboratory of Persistent Viral Diseases-Prion Biochemistry, Rocky Mountain Labs, NIH, Aug 2008-April 2012
Graduate Researcher, Department of Ophthalmology Washington University School of Medicine, Aug 2002-July 2008


Washington University in St. Louis, Ph.D., Biochemistry, 2008
Muhlenberg College, B.S., Biochemistry, magna cum laude, 2001

Professional Activities

Consulting Scientist, Inspired Classroom, 2016-Present
Adjunct Faculty, University of Montana Biology Department, 2010-2013
Instructor, Biomedical Research After-School Scholars (BRASS), 2009-2012
Instructor, Women in Science Day, Washington University, 2006-2007
Instructor, Young Scientist Program, Washington University, 2002-2008


Barton K, Smith T, & Kiely DE. 2016. Compositions comprising oxidized starch and processes for making the compositions. U.S. Patent Application 20160167001, filed November 2015.
Barton KA, Sim VL, Hughson AG, Caughey B (2012) Analysis of Prions by Field Flow Fractionation. Field-Flow Fractionation in Biopolymer Analysis:139-150.
Barton KA & Caughey B (2011) Is PrP the road to ruin? EMBO J. 30(10):1882-4.
Baron, GB, Hughson AG, Raymond GJ, Offerdahl DK, Barton KA, Raymond LD, Dorward DW, & Caughey B (2011) Effect of Glycans and the Glycophosphatidyl Inositol Anchor on Strain Dependent Conformations of Scrapie Prion Protein: Improved Purification and Infrared Spectra. Biochemistry 50(21):4479-90.

Barton K, Hsu CD &Petrash JM (2009) Interactions Between Small Heat Shock Protein Alpha Crystallin and Galectin-Related Inter-Fiber Protein (GRIFIN) in the Ocular Lens. Biochemistry 48(18):3956-66.
Shi Y, Barton K, DeMaria A, Petrash JM, Shiels A, & Bassnett S (2009) The stratified syncytium of the vertebrate lens. J. Cell Sci. 122(10):1607-15.
Bhagyalaxmi SG, Srinivas P, Barton KA, Kumar KR, Vidyavathi M, Petrash JM, Bhanuprakash Reddy G, Padma T (2009) A novel mutation (F71L) in alphaA-crystallin with defective chaperone-like function associated with age-related cataract. Biochem Biophys Acta 1792(10):974-81.
Barton KA, Shui Y, Petrash JM, & Beebe DC (2007) Comment on: The Stokes-Einstein equation and the physiological effects of vitreous surgery. Acta Ophthalmologica Scand. 85(3):339-40.