Heather DiPietrantonio focuses her practice on patent prosecution, strategic patent portfolio development, and life cycle management in the area of biotechnology. She has obtained patent protection for a wide range of areas such as gene editing and genetic engineering, nucleic acid nanotechnology, synthetic gene circuitry, nucleic acid vaccines, and immune and stem cell therapeutics.

Heather also provides strategic legal counseling to clients including landscape, patentability, and freedom-to-operate analyses. She counsels start-up companies, research and academic institutions, and small- to mid-sized biotech companies.

Heather’s doctoral research focused on mechanisms of stem cell fate and neuronal axon guidance in the developing brain, and her postdoctoral work focused on retinal axon development.

  • Boston Patent Law Association
  • Women Entrepreneurs in Science and Technology
  • Women in Bio
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award


Scientific Publications

DiPietrantonio HJ, Dymecki SM. (2009) Zic1 levels regulate mossy fiber neuron position and axon laterality choice in the ventral brain stem. Neuroscience. 1;162(3):56073.

Landsberg RL, Awatramani RB, Hunter NL, Farago AF, DiPietrantonio HJ, Rodriguez CI, Dymecki SM. (2005) Hindbrain rhombic lip is comprised of discrete progenitor cell populations allocated by Pax6. Neuron. 22;48(6):93347.


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Heather DiPietrantonio focuses her practice on patent prosecution, strategic patent portfolio development, and life cycle management in the area of biotechnology. She has obtained patent protection for a wide range of areas such as gene editing and genetic engineering, nucleic acid nanotechnology, synthetic gene circuitry, nucleic acid vaccines, and immune and stem cell therapeutics.

Heather also provides strategic legal counseling to clients including landscape, patentability, and freedom-to-operate analyses. She counsels start-up companies, research and academic institutions, and small- to mid-sized biotech companies.

Heather’s doctoral research focused on mechanisms of stem cell fate and neuronal axon guidance in the developing brain, and her postdoctoral work focused on retinal axon development.

  • Boston Patent Law Association
  • Women Entrepreneurs in Science and Technology
  • Women in Bio
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award

Scientific Publications

DiPietrantonio HJ, Dymecki SM. (2009) Zic1 levels regulate mossy fiber neuron position and axon laterality choice in the ventral brain stem. Neuroscience. 1;162(3):56073.

Landsberg RL, Awatramani RB, Hunter NL, Farago AF, DiPietrantonio HJ, Rodriguez CI, Dymecki SM. (2005) Hindbrain rhombic lip is comprised of discrete progenitor cell populations allocated by Pax6. Neuron. 22;48(6):93347.