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Sterne Kessler Goldstein Fox
Peter H. Dykstra, Ph.D.

Mind + Muscle

Peter H. Dykstra, Ph.D.

Registered Patent Agent

  • Peter H. Dykstra, Ph.D.
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Dr. Dykstra is a patent agent in the firm's Electronics Group, where he assists in the preparation and prosecution of patent applications.  His technical areas of expertise include microfabrication techniques, MEMS, electrochemical sensors and lab-on-a-chip devices. Mr. Dykstra has been involved in all phases of numerous inter partes review proceedings at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board for the petitioner and the patent owner. 

Prior to joining Sterne Kessler, Dr. Dykstra's research was directly involved with the design, fabrication and testing of microfluidic devices providing electrochemical detection of DNA and protein samples. The device provided an array of sensors for simultaneous DNA hybridization and protein detection assays. Dr. Dykstra also performed managerial duties for a cleanroom facility at the University of Maryland.

Dr. Dykstra served on the Electrical and Computer Engineering department council while at the University of Maryland and was given an honorable mention recognition by the National Science Foundation for their Graduate Research Fellowship Award.

Technical Publications

P. H. Dykstra, V. Roy, C. Byrd, W. E. Bentley and R. Ghodssi, "Microfluidic Electrochemical Sensor Array for Characterizing Protein Interactions with Various Functionalized Surfaces," Analytical Chemistry, Vol. 83, No. 15, pp. 5920-5927, 2011.

S. T. Koev, P. H. Dykstra, X. Luo, G. W. Rubloff, W. E. Bentley, G. F. Payne and R. Ghodssi, “Chitosan: an integrative biomaterial for lab-on-a-chip devices,” Lab on a Chip, vol. 10, pp. 3026-3042, 2010.

P. Dykstra, J. Hao, S. T. Koev, G. F. Payne, L. Yu and R. Ghodssi, "An Optical MEMS Sensor Utilizing a Chitosan Film for Catechol Detection," Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, Vol. B138, No. 1, pp. 64-70, 2009.

X. W. Shi, C. Y. Yu, X. Yang, Y. Liu, P. Dykstra, G. W. Rubloff, R. Ghodssi, W. E. Bentley and G. F. Payne, “Electroaddressing of Cell Populations by Co-Deposition with Calcium Alginate Hydrogels,” Advanced Functional Materials, Vol. 19, pp. 1-7, 2009.


  • Admissions
      • United States Patent and Trademark Office

  • Education
    • Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, University of Maryland

    • B.S., Electrical Engineering, Bucknell University cum laude


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