Georgia R. Sampedro, Ph.D.

Dr. Georgia R. Sampedro is a technical specialist in the Lathrop GPM Intellectual Property practice who focuses her efforts on biotechnology and life sciences.

Georgia has extensive experience studying the molecular and pathological features of a broad spectrum of human diseases ranging from bacterial infection to drug addiction. Prior to joining the firm, Georgia created thoughtful evaluations for a wide-range of biotechnology stakeholders including: AbbVie, Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, a life science focused investment fund, and an IP service company.


  • Chicago-Kent Merit Scholarship, 2020
  • Program Award for Best Doctoral Dissertation, 2019 
  • Robert C & Mary Gallo Fellow, 2018 
  • Carl Storm Fellow, 2017 
  • NIH Genetics and Regulation Training Grant, 2013-2017 
  • Biology with Honors, 2011 
  • Illinois State Scholar, 2007 


  • Hernandez SL, Nelson M, Sampedro GR, Bagrodia N, Defnet AM, Lec B, Krischner R, Emolo J, Wu L, Biermann H, Shen S, Bubeck-Wardenburg J, Kandel JJ. Staphylococcus aureus alpha toxin activates Notch in vascular cells. Angiogenesis, October 15, 2018
  • Sampedro GR, Bubeck Wardenburg J. Staphylococcus aureus in the Intensive Care Unit: Are These Golden Grapes Ripe for a New Approach? J Infect Dis. Feb 15, 2017
  • Berube BJ, Sampedro GR, Otto M, Bubeck Wardenburg J. The psmα locus regulates production of Staphylococcus aureus alpha-toxin during infection. Infect Immun. August 8, 2014
  • Becker RE, Berube BJ, Sampedro GR, DeDent AC, Bubeck Wardenburg J. Tissue-specific patterning of host innate immune responses by Staphylococcus aureus α-toxin. J Innate Immun. May 10, 2014 
  • Sampedro GR, DeDent AC, Becker RE, Berube BJ, Gebhardt MJ, Cao H, Bubeck Wardenburg J. Targeting Staphylococcus aureus α-toxin as a novel approach to reduce severity of recurrent skin and soft-tissue infections. J Infect Dis. Apr 16, 2014 
  • Neugebauer NM, Cortright JJ, Sampedro GR, Vezina P. Exposure to nicotine enhances its subsequent self-administration: contribution of nicotine-associated contextual stimuli. Behav Brain Res. Mar 1, 2014 
  • Cortright JJ, Sampedro GR, Neugebauer NM, Vezina P. Previous exposure to nicotine enhances the incentive motivational effects of amphetamine via nicotine-associated contextual stimuli. Neuropsychopharmacology. May 23, 2012 
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Rachel Hernandez


University of Chicago, Ph.D., Dept. of Microbiology, 2018

University of Chicago, Biology with Honors, B.A., Law, Letters & Society, B.A., 2011