Lingling Zhao, Ph.D.

Patent Engineer, Intellectual Property  

Mountain View 650.335.7950



Lingling Zhao concentrates her practice on patent prosecution, intellectual property due diligence, patent analysis, and strategic patent counseling for clients in biotechnology and engineering.

Prior to joining Fenwick & West, Lingling worked as a Research Assistant at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where she specialized in research involving medical imaging and instrumentation, microscopy, lasers, optics, photonics, optoelectronics, image processing and analysis, compressed sensing and image reconstruction. While there, she gained significant experience in writing peer-reviewed scientific journal papers and scientific conference proceedings, drafting patents, developing software, working with multimodal preclinical imaging and biomedical applications related to live cell and small animal imaging.

Lingling is a first-named inventor on a US patent for optimizing illumination in a non-scanning fluorescence imaging system and she is a co-inventor on 4 China patents. She has published 17 scientific papers in leading peer-reviewed journals as well as presented her research findings at over 30 peer-reviewed scientific conference proceedings.

Peer-reviewed Scientific Journal Publications:

  • Lp Regularization for Early Gate Fluorescence Molecular Tomography, Optics Letters, 2014, 39(14), 4156-4159 (2014). (Impact Factor: 3.385, Selected by Virtual Journal for Biomedical optics 9(9)). (First-named author)
  • Spatial light modulator based active illumination for ex vivo and in vivo quantitative fluorescence lifetime imaging, Biomedical Optics Express, 5(3), 944-960 (2014). (Impact Factor: 3.176). (First-named author)
  • Active wide-field illumination f​or high-throughput fluorescence lifetime imaging, Optics Letters, 38(19), 3976-3979 (2013). (Impact Factor: 3.385). (First-named author)
  • Non-Invasive In Vivo Imaging of Near Infrared­ labeled Transferrin in Breast Cancer Cells and Tumors Using Fluorescence Lifetime FRET, PLoS ONE 8(11), e80269 (2013). (Impact Factor: 3.730). (First-named author)
  • The integration of 3-D cell printing and mesoscopic fluorescence molecular tomography of vascular constructs within thick hydrogel, Biomaterials, 33 (21), 5325-5332 (2012). (Impact Factor: 7.604). Ranked #1 journal in Biomedical engineering. (First-named author)
  • Layered-resolved autofluorescence imaging of photo­ receptors using two-photon excitation, Journal of Biomedical Science and Engineering, 2(5), 287-365 (2009). (First-named author)
  • FLIM-FRET for cancer application, Current Molecular Imaging, 3, 1-18 (2014). (Review Paper) (First-named author)