Biochemistry expert witness candidates generally have a Master’s degree or PhD with a background in forensic chemistry, forensic toxicology, and/or analytical chemistry. The chosen expert could be a member of an industry association, such as the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC), the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB), the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB), the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), or the Biochemical Society.
Biochemistry (a.k.a. biological chemistry), is a sub-discipline of chemistry and biology. Litigation support by a biochemistry expert often involves intellectual property matters such as a patent litigation or a trade secret dispute. A biochemist might also provide testimony in a case that requires toxicology or chemical exposure expertise. A forensic chemist with specific knowledge in biochemistry can assist in criminal investigations by analyzing crime scene investigation physical evidence.
Litigation support by a biochemistry expert witness can include laboratory tests, forensic analysis, expert report preparation, expert opinion, and courtroom testimony. Attorney clients may also utilize a chemistry expert for pre-litigation consultant work. Representing the plaintiff or defendant, Cahn Litigation Services is often called upon by top law firm attorneys to locate an expert witness to support matters involving biochemistry. Whether the project involves organic chemistry, clinical biochemistry, cell biology, molecular biology, DNA analysis, or microbiology, Cahn Litigation Services has the experience required to turn a search around quickly. History has shown that the firm consistently provides experts with the perfect balance of expertise and testimony to support each specific project and its nuances.
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The below expert witness bios represent a small fraction of those Biochemistry experts known by Cahn Litigation Services. These bios are provided to give attorneys a sense of the Biochemistry landscape.
This expert holds a PhD and serves as Chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Professor in Fermentation Biochemistry at a major university. This expert brings to the table many years of experience in enzyme production, structure and function. This expert has extensive research experience with flavoproteins, recombinant protein expression, enzyme assays, and many other aspects of protein structure and function. Funded by the NIH, NSF, DOE and industry, this expert and research team have published ~200 peer-reviewed articles and chapters on the structure and mechanisms of proteins and enzymes. They have developed methods for bioinformatics analysis, cloning, expression testing, purification, and protein structure determination of eukaryotic proteins, human mitochondrial proteins, and integral membrane proteins. Under this expert's direction, the Center cloned ~10,000 genes from model eukaryotes, purified over 1,000 different proteins, and maintained active collaborations with over 200 scientists world-wide. A leader in both the discovery and the biochemical and structural studies of diiron enzymes, this expert's research contributions include pioneering efforts on soluble methane monooxygenase. As a new faculty member, this expert initiated work on toluene 4-monooxygenase (T4MO) and the group established the identity of all four proteins in the T4MO complex, established the first successful mutagenesis system for any diiron enzyme, and showed how to engineer the active site to change regiospecificity while maintaining kcat, KM and coupling. They obtained structures of all individual members of protein complex, and importantly, high resolution structures of complexes that show how different protein-protein interactions successively rearrange the active site to promote efficient catalysis. This expert is the named inventor on seven US patents in the area of biotechnology surrounding the use of enzymes, and has participated in the drafting and in negotiations with the US Patent Office. This expert has been deposed but has not had the opportunity to testify.
This expert is currently Vice President for Research and Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering at a prestigious university, and also holds joint appointments in the departments of Biomedical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, and Biology. This expert's skills are in enzyme technology, including preparation and use of enzymes in industrial and biomedical applications specific to generating enzymes for various basic and applied studies. Where enzymes are not commercially available, this expert clones, expresses, and purifies relevant enzymes using a number of different expression hosts (e.g., E. coli, bacillus, mammalian cells, etc.). This expert's research group includes chemical engineers, bioengineers, materials scientists, biologists, chemists and microbiologists - all focused on gaining a quantitative understanding of biological principles and applying them to advanced bioengineering, nanobiotechnology, drug discovery, and biomanufacturing. This expert has received numerous awards from the American Chemical Society, presently serves on Scientific Advisory Boards for several biotechnology companies and venture capital firms, and has cofounded a number of companies. This expert has a B.A. degree in Biochemistry and Chemistry and a Ph.D. in Biochemical Engineering, has published over 330 papers, and is a named inventor on nearly 40 patents and patent applications.