Thera Lee joined Ropes & Gray as a technical advisor in the intellectual property group in 2021. Prior to joining the firm, she earned her Ph.D. in Immunology from the University of Minnesota (Twin Cities) where her work in T cell development helped define the distinct functional roles of hematopoietic and stromal antigen presenting cells in the thymus. 

During her Ph.D. studies, she interned at the University of Minnesota Office of Technology Commercialization where she helped managers by conducting patent searches and assessing commercialization potential of new technologies. Thera’s research experience also includes time as a technician at Emory University, where she was involved in studies related to HIV/SIV pathogenesis and cure. 


  • Assisting a global pharmaceutical company with a pre-litigation investigation concerning multiple biologics patents under the BPCIA.

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