Rachel D. Utterback, Ph.D.

Dr. Rachel Utterback is a technical specialist who specializes in the area of pharmaceuticals. Currently, she focuses on patent preparation and prosecution, IP portfolio management, and freedom-to-operate analyses. Rachel’s work includes subject matter such as small molecule therapeutics, antibody therapeutics, pharmaceutical formulations, and diagnostics.

Prior to joining the firm, Rachel served as a technical specialist for a boutique law firm in Arizona and received her Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Arizona. She has expertise in a wide variety of laboratory techniques including organic synthesis, structural characterization of molecules, cytotoxicity assays, and flow cytometry. Her graduate work involved the design, synthesis, and biological characterization of disulfide pro-drugs that target the iron metabolism of cancer.


  • Utterback, R. D.; Sung, Y.-S.; Wu, W.; Ewbank, M.A.; Marty, M. T., Tomat, E. "Albumin conjugates of thiosemicarbazone and imidazole-2-thione prochelators: Iron coordination and antiproliferative activity" ChemMedChem. 2021, DOI: 10.1002/cmdc.202100278.
  • Utterback, R. D.; Astashkin, A. V.; Sung, Y.-S.; Tomat, E. "Iron complexes of an antiproliferative aroyl hydrazone: Characterization of three protonation states by electron paramagnetic resonance methods" Inorg. Chem. 2020, 59, 11377-11384.
  • Utterback, R. D.; Tomat, E., Developing Ligands to Target Transition Metals in Cancer. Encyclopedia of Inorganic and Bioinorganic Chemistry, 2019, Wiley, DOI: 10.1002/9781119951438.eibc2694.
  • Utterback, R. D.; Akam, E. A.; Marcero, J. R.; Dailey, H. A.; Tomat, E., Disulfide-masked iron prochelators: effects on cell death, proliferation, and hemoglobin production. Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry, 2018, 180, 186-193.

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  • Department of Pharmacology Data Blitz 3rd Place Recipient, The University of Arizona College of Medicine
  • Victor P. Thalacker Chemistry Graduate Fellowship
  • Distinguished TA award, The University of Arizona Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Dr. Wayne Cody Scholar in Medicinal Biological Chemistry
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The University of Arizona - Tucson, Ph.D., Chemistry, 2020

McDaniel College, B.A., Chemistry, French, 2014


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