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Sterne Kessler Goldstein Fox
Branka M. Bogunovic, Ph.D.

Mind + Muscle

Branka M. Bogunovic, Ph.D.

Student Associate

  • Branka M. Bogunovic, Ph.D.
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  • bbogunovic@skgf.com

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Dr. Bogunovic is a Student Associate in the Biotechnology Practice Group.  She assists in worldwide procurement of patents in the biotechnology, chemical and pharmaceutical industries.  Her experience includes patent prosecution in the areas of biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and chemistry.  Dr. Bogunovic's experience also extends to assisting in the preparation of opinions for infringement and invalidity in the areas of pharmaceuticals and chemistry.  Her technical areas of expertise include immunology, microbiology, protein biochemistry, virology, molecular biology, free radicals biology and cell biology. 

Prior to joining Sterne Kessler, Dr. Bogunovic worked as a technical specialist in an IP law firm. Dr. Bogunovic's dissertation research involved studying the role of Gamma interferon Inducible Lysosomal Thiol Reductase (GILT) in immune response by analyzing the effects of GILT on antigen processing and presentation in a mouse strain deficient for GILT.  The major focus of her research was to understand how the presence or absence of GILT affects the repertoire of presented self-peptides and cell activation patterns.  

Technical Publications
  • Bogunovic et al., "Comparative Quantitative Mass Spectrometry Analysis of MHC Class II-Associated Peptides Reveals a Role of GILT in formation of Self-Peptide repertoire." (2010) PLoS ONE, Accepted.  

  • Coauthor, "Cutting Edge: Developmental Up-Regulation of IFN-γ-Inducible Lysosomal Thiol Reductase Expression   Leads to Reduced T Cell Sensitivity and Less Severe Autoimmunity." (2009) J. Immuno. 182:46-750.

  • Bogunovic et al., "An Unexpected Functional Link between Lysosomal Thiol Reductase and Mitochondrial Manganese Superoxide Dismutase." (2008) J. Biol. Chem. 283:8855-8862.

  • Coauthor, "Inhibitory Role of IFN-γ-Inducible Lysosomal Thiol Reductase in T Cell Activation." (2006) J. Immuno. 177:4369-4375.

  • Admissions
      • United States Patent and Trademark Office

  • Education
    • J.D. Candidate (2018), The George Washington University Law School

    • Ph.D., Microbiology and Immunology, Georgetown University

    • M.S., Biological Sciences, University of Maryland

    • B.S., Biology, University of Maryland


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