Benjamin Ellington

Technical Advisor

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  • PhD (Biological Chemistry), University of Michigan, 2016
  • BS (Biochemistry and Cell Biology), Rice University, 2009

Benjamin Ellington

Technical Advisor

Ben Ellington joined Ropes & Gray as a Technical Advisor in the intellectual property group. Prior to joining the firm, Ben was a postdoctoral researcher at a joint National Institute of Standards and Technology and University of Maryland facility, where his research focused on protein engineering and next-generation proteomics. 

Ben obtained his Ph.D. in Biological Chemistry from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where his work in mechanistic enzymology helped to elucidate how a cyanobacterial enzyme converted fatty acid derivatives into drop-in biofuels. Additionally, his undergraduate research and subsequent internship at Abbott Pharmaceuticals afforded Ben valuable experience in synthetic organic chemistry. 

Publications

  • Ellington, BR et al. “An unusual iron-dependent oxidative deformylation reaction providing insight into hydrocarbon biosynthesis in nature.”  ACS Catal. (2016)
  • Co-author, “Mechanistic insights from reaction of α-oxiranyl-aldehydes with cyanobacterial aldehyde deformylating oxygenase.” ACS Chem. Biol. (2014)
  • Co-author, “Probing the mechanism of cyanobacterial aldehyde decarbonylase using a cyclopropyl aldehyde.” J. Am. Chem. Soc. (2013)
  • Co-author, “Heat shock protein 70 kDa chaperone/DnaJ cochaperone complex employs an unusual dynamic interface.” Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. (2011)
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