Mayim Wiens, Ph.D.

Patent Agent, Intellectual Property  

San Francisco 415.875.2038


Dr. Mayim Wiens assists in the drafting of U.S. and foreign patent applications for clients in the life sciences industries, with technical expertise in the fields of molecular biology and microbiology.

Mayim received her Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Washington in 2016. While in graduate school, Mayim performed research in the lab of Jason Smith investigating the antiviral activity of defensins, a class of innate immune system proteins, with a focus on the inhibition of human papillomavirus. Her research included classic and state-of-the-art molecular biology and virology techniques, as well as microscopy imaging tools.

While attending school, she worked as a patent intern at CoMotion, the University of Washington’s Technology Transfer Office, where she conducted comprehensive prior art searches in the biotechnological and pharmaceutical arts. Prior to graduate school, Mayim was a training fellow in the Influenza Division at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She received her B.S. in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2008.


  • Mayim Wiens and Jason Smith, “α-Defensin HD5 Inhibits Human Papillomavirus 16 Infection Via Capsid Stabilization and Redirection to the Lysosome,” mBio, 8:e02304-16, January 2017
  • Mayim Wiens and Jason Smith, “Alpha-Defensin HD5 Inhibits Furin Cleavage of Human Papillomavirus 16 L2 To Block Infection,” Journal of Virology, 89(5):2866-2874, December 2014