Elizabeth M. Boehm

Elizabeth M. Boehm, PhD

Patent Agent | Biotechnology
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  • BS, Allied Health Biology/Biochemistry, Winona State University
  • PhD, Biochemistry, University of Iowa

Key Technologies

  • Antibodies
  • Dendrimer Therapeutics
  • Microbial Detection
  • Clinical Sample Preparation
  • Cancer Metabolism
  • Antisense Oligonucleotides

Practice Groups

Admitted to Practice

  • US Patent and Trademark Office


  • Remote


Elizabeth Boehm assists the firm in biotechnology patent prosecution. She support clients ranging from start-ups to multinational companies to universities in technology areas such as biochemistry, molecular biology, biophysics, and antibodies. 

With over five years of experience as a patent agent, Elizabeth's work includes assisting with patent prosecution, application drafting, freedom-to-operate searching and analysis, patent portfolio diligence, and patent portfolio development.

As part of the firm’s Patent Term Adjustment (PTA) team, Elizabeth reviews PTA calculations from the USPTO on granted patents for accuracy. This includes reviewing the Federal Register, including prior PTA rules spanning over different time periods, to ensure that the appropriate PTA rules were used to assess PTA. These patents are from firm clients and their competitors. She also prepares petitions to the USPTO for corrected PTA, and regularly engages with the USPTO’s Office of Patent Legal Administration on PTA issues not addressed by the MPEP.

Prior to joining Wolf Greenfield, Elizabeth was a post-doctoral research fellow in Johannes Walter’s lab at Harvard Medical School. There, she utilized Xenopus laevis nuclear extracts and biochemical techniques such as DNA replication and repair assays, immunodepletion, and protein purification to study the mechanism of DNA interstrand cross-link repair.

Elizabeth was previously a graduate research assistant in Todd Washington’s lab at the University of Iowa. As a graduate student, Elizabeth utilized in vitro and biophysical techniques such as single molecule fluorescence and X-ray crystallography to study the protein complex that forms at replication forks stalled by damaged DNA. Elizabeth’s graduate work resulted in several publications of research articles, review papers, essays and methods papers, as well as a talk at a national conference.


  • Subramanian Doctoral Thesis Award in Biochemistry
  • Marion David Francis Innovator Award


Scientific Publications

  • Boehm EM., et al. (2016) "Quantifying the Assembly of Multicomponent Molecular Machines by Single-Molecule Total Internal Reflection Fluorescence Microscopy." Methods in Enzymology. PMID: 27793278.
  • Boehm EM., et al. (2016) "R.I.P. to the PIP: PCNA-binding motif no longer considered specific: PIP motifs and other related sequences are not distinct entities and can bind multiple proteins involved in genome maintenance." Bioessays. PMID: 27539869.
  • Boehm EM., et al. (2016) "PCNA tool belts and polymerase bridges form during translesion synthesis." Nucleic Acids Research. PMID: 27325737.
  • Kondratick CM, Boehm EM., et al. (2016) "Identification of New Mutations at the PCNA Subunit Interface that Block Translesion Synthesis." PLoS One. PMID: 27258147.
  • Boehm EM., et al. (2016) "The Many Roles of PCNA in Eukaryotic DNA Replication." Enzymes. PMID: 27241932.
  • Boehm EM., et al. (2016) "The Proliferating Cell Nuclear Antigen (PCNA)-interacting Protein (PIP) Motif of DNA Polymerase Eta Mediates its Interaction with the C-terminal Domain of Rev1. J. Biol. Chem. PMID: 26903512.
  • Dieckman LM*., Boehm EM*., et al. (2013) "Distinct Structural Alterations in Proliferating Cell Nuclear Antigen block DNA Mismatch Repair." Biochemistry. PMID: 23869605.




Elizabeth is working to attain a master gardener certification. She is passionate about gardening and sharing her produce with her community. Most recently, she is working on starting an informal network with other gardeners to help address food insecurity in her community. Elizabeth is also passionate about dog rescue.