Practice Areas



  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2018


University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, Ph.D. in Chemistry, advisor Dr. Ashis K. Basu, 2014

University of Mumbai/Indian Institute of Technology, MS in Organic Chemistry, 2007

University of Mumbai, BS in Chemistry, 2005


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Varsha Pednekar, Ph.D.

Patent Agent
713.266.1130, ext. 5111

Varsha Pednekar is a Ph.D. trained scientist with a diverse technical background spanning chemistry to cancer biology. Her experience includes work in technology transfer: analyzing market and commercialization potential of invention disclosures, examining freedom to operate issues for inventions, marketing and licensing inventions. She brings in 10+ years of research experience, during her doctoral work she studied the role of DNA repair in cancer causing mutations and as a postdoctoral candidate she evaluated the effect of environmental mutagens in plastics and their effect on the cancer micro-environment at a research driven cancer institute. She has also worked as liaison between industrial partners and the internal team at a start-up in Connecticut.

Experience Highlights

Patent Agent, Cantor Colburn LLP, 2019-present
Commercialization Analyst Intern, University of Tennessee Research Foundation (UTRF), 2018-2019
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Oncology Sciences, Mitchell Cancer Institute, University of South Alabama, 2015–2017
Scientist (Product Development and Research), CHEMINPHARMA LLC, Branford, 2014-2015
University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 2008 – 2014
Graduate Research Assistant, Chemistry
Adjunct Lecturer, University of Mumbai, 2007 – 2008


Pednekar V.; Gassman N. Effects of Low dose BPA on cellular micro-environment: A comparative study between normal and cancer cells. EMGS, Sep 2016.
Pednekar, V.; Weerasooriya, S.; Jasti, V.; Basu, A.K. Mutagenicity and Genotoxicity of (5′S) 8,5′Cyclo2′deoxyadenosine in Escherichia coli and Replication of (5′S)‑8,5′Cyclopurine-2′-deoxynucleosides iVitro by DNA Polymerase IV, Exo-Free Klenow Fragment, and Dpo4.  Chem. Res. Toxicol  2014, 27, 200- 210



Professional Affiliations

Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO)
Houston Intellectual Property Law Association
Association of Women in Science, Gulf Coast Houston Chapter, Career Development Chair, 2020-2021