Rachel D. Utterback

Dr. Rachel Utterback is a Technical Specialist in the firm's Intellectual Property practice who has experience with a wide range of technologies including pharmaceuticals, materials science, and life sciences. She has experience in bioinorganic chemistry, organic synthesis, analytical techniques, and biological assays. 

Prior to joining the firm, Rachel worked as a graduate student research assistant at the University of Arizona. While there, Rachel designed and synthesized disulfide prochelators to target the iron metabolism of cancer cells and performed cell-based assays to study the effects of the synthesized compounds on cultured cancer cells.


  • 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.


  • 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
  • Dallas

    2101 Cedar Springs Road
    Suite 1400
    Dallas, TX 75201


The University of Arizona - Tucson, Ph.D., Chemistry, 2020

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


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