- Pharmaceuticals & Pharmaceutical Formulation
- Polymer & Materials Science
- Semiconductor Devices & Processing Methods
- 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
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.
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 in Vitro by DNA Polymerase IV, Exo-Free Klenow Fragment, and Dpo4. Chem. Res. Toxicol 2014, 27, 200- 210
Varsha Pednekar Ph.D., Patent Agent, is the Career Development Chair of the Association for Women in Science, Gulf Coast Houston Chapter for the 2020-2021 term.
- August 12, 2020Webinar
Association of Women in Science (AWIS) Gulf Coast Houston Chapter webinar, “Industry Insight for Job Seekers,” takes place on August 12, 2020, with featured speaker Suparna Sanyal, Ph.D., Innovation & Commercial Integration Manager at Lonza. Cantor Colburn Patent Agent Varsha Pednekar, Ph.D. is the event host.
- February 13, 2020Houston, Texas
Houston Intellectual Property Law Association is pleased to announce the 2020 Annual HIPLA Judges Dinner to be held the evening of Thursday, February 13, 2020, at the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Houston.
- October 5, 2019Houston
Varsha Pednekar, Ph.D. will be attending the Girlstart's Girls in STEM Conference 2019 on October 5, 2019. Girls in 4th-8th grades discover the fun side of STEM careers at this unique annual conference. The day is packed with hands-on workshops led by women in science, technology, engineering, and math fields.
- September 26, 2019Galveston, Texas
- February 23, 2019Houston Convention Center
Varsha Pednekar, Ph.D. will be a volunteer judge at the 60th Science and Engineering Fair of Houston, through the Houston Intellectual Property Law Association, on February 23, 2019 at the George R. Brown Convention Center.
- February 7, 2019Houston, Texas
Cantor Colburn Patent Agent Varsha Pednekar, Ph.D. will be on the IP/Patent law/Regulatory Affairs panel discussion at the 8th Annual "Prepare, Persist, Prosper" Annual Postdoctoral Career Symposium on February 7, 2019 at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.
Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO)
Houston Intellectual Property Law Association
Association of Women in Science, Gulf Coast Houston Chapter, Career Development Chair, 2020-2021