Elena M. Rodriguez, Ph.D.

Patent Agent, Intellectual Property  

San Francisco 415.875.2422


Dr. Elena Rodriguez, whose field is molecular and cell biology, assists in the drafting of U.S. and foreign patent applications for clients in the life sciences industries.

As a cancer biologist, Elena has extensive training in cancer cell biology and the use of mouse models for the study of breast and lung cancer.  Her areas of technical expertise include: molecular cell biology and biochemistry including: molecular cloning, mammalian cell culture, use of retroviruses, preparation of primary cell cultures, flow cytometry, confocal microscopy, quantitative PCR and protein purification.

Prior to joining Fenwick & West, Elena  was an Associate Research Specialist at  the University of California, San Francisco in the laboratory of Michael Bishop where she investigated the role of stem cell differentiation factors in breast and lung cancer and mammary gland development using mouse models.  Elena also worked as an Instructor for Principles of Molecular Biology at UC Berkeley and as a Biology Instructor for the University of San Francisco and the College of Marin.


  • “Activated Notch1 Induces Lung Adenomas in Mice and Cooperates with Myc in the Generation of Lung Adenocarcinoma”, Cancer Research, September 15, 2011; 71 (18): 6010-8.
  • “Atypical Protein Kinase C Activity is Required for Extracellular Matrix Degradation and Invasion by Src-Transformed Cells”, Journal of Cell Physiology, October 2009, 221(1): 171-82.