Mike D. Bucci, Ph.D.

Dr. Mike Bucci is a patent agent in the firm's Chicago office with a background in eukaryotic molecular biology. He has experience with patent application preparation, prosecution, and prior art analyses. Mike has worked with a range of technologies including:  genetic engineering and editing, viral vectors, therapeutic stem cells, polymers, coatings, and materials. Mike works on both domestic and foreign patent prosecution and enjoys working with both newly-formed and established clients.

Prior to joining the firm, Mike worked as a patent agent at a global law firm and studied as a Ph.D. student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has trained and taught in the fields of microbiology and molecular biology and has conducted research focused on various aspects of eukaryotic molecular biology, chiefly in yeast and human viruses.  His thesis work included studies of global gene expression, autophagy, and sulfur metabolism during zinc-deficient growth.


  • Wang Y, Weisenhorn E, MacDiarmid CW, Andreini C, Bucci M, Taggart J, Banci L, Russell J, Coon JJ, and Eide DJ. (2018). The cellular economy of the Saccharomyces cerevisiae zinc proteome. Metallomics. 10(12): pp. 1755–1776.

  • Bucci MD, et al. (2018). An autophagy-independent role for ATG41 in sulfur metabolism during zinc deficiency. Genetics. 208(3): pp. 1115–1130.

  • Kirui J, Bucci MD, Poole DS, Mehle A. (2014). Conserved features of the PB2 627 domain impact influenza virus polymerase function and replication. J. Vir. 88(11): pp. 5977-5986.

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    Suite 3000
    Chicago, IL 60606-1787


Rachel Hernandez

Court Memberships

  • United States Patent and Trademark Office


University of Wisconsin-Madison, Ph.D., Microbiology, 2017

Miami University, B.A., Microbiology, summa cum laude, 2011