Jing Zhou, Ph.D.

Patent Agent

As a patent agent and former research scientist, with over 15 years of experience in top academic laboratories, Dr. Jing Zhou applies her extensive knowledge of mechanical engineering and biomaterials to the patent preparation and prosecution process. Dr. Zhou’s background includes her doctoral research at the University of California, Berkeley on nanoscale mechanical testing solutions to evaluate wear and friction of biomedical polymer implants. Prior to joining Dilworth IP, Jing conducted research at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) where she worked on the development of methods for simultaneous measurement of nanomechanical and thermal properties in polymer phase transition. Her work at NIST also spanned multiple areas ranging from biomaterials, nanocomposites, energy storage devices, to live cell – nanomaterials interface. On the heels of that work, Dr. Zhou held a position as Associate Research Scientist/Lecturer at the Yale School of Medicine, and initiated multiple projects including high-content cellular assay, microvascular tissue engineering, microfluidics, organ-on-a-chip, stem cell differentiation and inflammatory diseases. As the Principal Investigator, she succeeded in winning two grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Connecticut Stem Cell Research Council, respectively.

Dr. Zhou is a highly motivated biomedical scientist and engineer with a broad interest in biomedical engineering, mechanical engineering, and materials science. Her prior work has been recognized by the Materials Research Society (MRS) Graduate Student Research Silver Award. Dr. Zhou enjoys helping clients connect science and innovation with the patent process in order for them to gain the best protection possible for their inventions. By combining her years of experience in the lab with her knowledge of patent law, she assists clients by translating their complex scientific ideas into strong patents.

  • Author of 15+ peer-reviewed scientific articles
  • Managed two research grants as lead principal investigator for 3 years
  • Received prestigious Graduate Student Silver Award from Materials Research Society (MRS)
  • Received pilot award from Connecticut Stem Cell Research Council
  • Received pilot award from National Institute of Health (NIH)
  • Reviewer for numerous high-profile journals: PLOS One, ACS Nano, Lab on a Chip, Biomacromolecules, Journal of Biomedical Materials Research, Applied Physics Letters, Journal of Applied Physics, Journal of Physical Chemistry, Langmuir, Tribology Transactions, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Letters, and Materials Research Society (MRS) Proceedings
  • Invited reviewer for General Research Fund (GRF), the Hong Kong Research Grants Council (RCG)
Technology Areas

Dr. Zhou’s fields of technology include mechanics, biomaterials, medical devices, microtechnology, stem cell biology, microphysiological systems, high-throughput instrumentation, RNA sequencing, and immunotherapy.

  1. Han, L., Zhou, J.*, Sun, Y., Zhang, Y., Han, J., Fu, J., and Fan, R., “Single-crystalline, Nanoporous Gallium Nitride Films with Fine Tuning of Pore Size for Stem Cell Engineering,” ASME Journal of Nanotechnology in Engineering and Medicine, 2015, 5(4): 0410041-410049. PMID: 26199680, PMCID: PMC4492071.
  2. Zhou, J. and Niklason, L. E., “Microfluidic artificial ‘vessels’ for dynamic mechanical stimulation of mesenchymal stem cells”, Integrative Biology, 2012. PMID: 23114826
  3. Zhou, J., Wu, Y., Lee, S.-K., and Fan, R., “High-content single-cell analysis on-chip using a laser microarray scanner”, Lab on a Chip, 2012, 12, 5025-5033. PMID: 22991099
  4. Zhou, J., Berry, B., Douglas, J. F., Karim, A., Snyder, C. R., and Soles, C. L., “Nanoscale Thermal-Mechanical Probe Determination of ‘Softening Transitions’ in Thin Polymer Films”, Nanotechnology, 19, 495703, (2008).
  5. Zhou, J., Komvopoulos, K. and Minor, A.M., "Nanoscale plastic deformation and fracture of polymers studied by in situ nanoindentation in a transmission electron microscope", Applied Physical Letters, 88, 181908, (2006).
  6. Zhou, J., Komvopoulos, K., "Wear Mechanisms of Untreated and Gamma Irradiated Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethylene for Total Joint Replacements", ASME J. Tribol., 127, 273-279, (2005).
  7. Zhou, J., Chakravartula, A., Pruitt, L., and Komvopoulos, K., "Tribological and Nanomechanical Properties of Unmodified and Crosslinked Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethylene for Total Joint Replacements," ASME J. Tribol., 126, 386-394, (2004).
  8. “Building large-scale perfusable micro-vessel networks via microfluidics”, Contributed Talk, Materials Research Society Annual Meeting (San Francisco, CA, April 2014)
  9. “Microfluidics for high through-put study of stem cell mechanobiology”, Contributed Talk, Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting (Atlanta, GA, October 2012)
  10. “Nanoscale Thermal-Mechanical Probe Determination of ‘Softening Transitions’ in Thin Polymer Films”, Invited Talk, 36th Annual Conference of North American Thermal Analysis Society (Atlanta, GA, August 2008)
  11. “Wear Mechanisms of Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene for Total Joint Replacements”, Invited Talk, UC Davis Medical Center/UC Davis School of Medicine (2006)
Jing can be reached at jzhou@dilworthip.com

Professional Associations

  • Biomedical Engineering Society
  • Materials Research Society
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineering
  • North America Thermal Analysis Society


2006, University of California, Berkeley, Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Biomaterials focus

2003, University of California, Berkeley, M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Biomaterials focus

2001, University of Science and Technology of China, B.S., Modern Mechanics