As a Project Manager, Margaret works directly with researchers to commercialize their discoveries. She evaluates inventions and manages the procurement of intellectual property protection, and she markets and licenses these assets to industry partners or startups. Additionally, she co-manages the TechStart internship program, which provides students and other trainees experience in positioning technologies for commercialization. Margaret also participates in the University’s Conflict of Interest committee to help manage potential conflicts arising from innovation activities.
Prior to joining the Technology Commercialization and Licensing team, she did contract work for both Northwestern’s INVO and University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Technology Transfer (now part of the Penn Center for Innovation). She also led two teams in conducting freedom-to-operate research for biotechnology startup companies through a program in the Wharton School.
Margaret holds a BA in Biology from Knox College and a PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology from University of Pennsylvania. She is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office as a patent agent, and she is currently pursuing her JD at Chicago-Kent College of Law.
In her spare time, Margaret enjoys worldwide travelling, running, and the pursuit of vegetarian umami. She loves bugs and spicy food, but prefers to keep these two interests separate.