Kevin J. Spring, PhD



Dr. Kevin Spring is a multidisciplinary scientist living in Houston, Texas pursuing a career in intellectual property law and management. Recently, Dr. Spring has actively increased his knowledge and understanding in the area of intellectual property. He attended the Life Science Entrepreneurship course given by Jack Gill and Bob Ulrich at Rice University. He has been attending events by the Houston Intellectual Property Law Association and the University of Houston Law Center. He is currently studying for the USPTO registration examination, which he will take in the Summer of 2014.

Dr. Spring has a broad background in biology, chemistry, and computer science that can be leveraged to translate inventions into patentable products. He was a postdoctoral fellow at UT Health where he contributed to the understanding of lipid and protein composition of cell membranes to elucidate pharmacological targets. His work synthesized biology and computer science by developing programming tools for bioinformatics and image detection and analysis of microscopic images. Dr. Spring participated in an intense training program in synthetic biology at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York that gave him a broad understanding of the future direction and policy implications of biotechnology.

Dr. Spring obtained a PhD from the University of Houston Department of Biology and Biochemistry where he studied stochastic changes in gene copy numbers and the role natural selection plays in maintaining gene copy ratios. This work relied heavily on a deep understanding of biology, computer programming, and statistics. His work was funded from grant applications submitted by himself to the Environmental Institute of Houston, the Houston Coastal Center, and Sigma-Xi. He was awarded the UH Excellence in Research Award four years in a row. During his graduate school education, Dr. Spring, supported himself primarily as a teaching assistant, where he taught over 600 undergraduate students laboratory, microbiology, and scientific writing techniques.

While in school, Dr. Spring was active in organizing graduate and undergraduate students. He served as the Sports Coordinator and Treasurer of the BioScience Graduate Society at the University of Houston. He also founded the Students for Personal Safety, a advocacy organization that taught self-defense courses to students and lobbied the UH administration to provide a safer environment for students. He also organized and fund raised for a ecology and molecular evolution seminar series for graduate students. He was the Vice President and Treasurer of the Environmental Club at University of Houston-Downtown, which began the planning to develop a plastic bottle recycling program on the campus.


EDUCATION

Doctor of Philosophy 2012

University of Houston Department of Biology and Biochemistry

Bachelor of Science 2006

University of Houston-Downtown Department of Natural Science

Major: Biology
Minor: Chemistry


EXPERIENCE

Postdoctoral Research Fellow 2013 - 2014

University of Texas Medical School at Houston Department of Integrative Biology and Pharmacology

  • Autonomous investigation of scientific literature for unresolved scientific questions.
  • Develop hypotheses and design experiments.
  • Direct and teach subordinates.
  • Produce and analyze quantitative data.
  • Publish progress reports and manuscripts for publications.
  • Peer ¬≠review manuscripts for journals.
  • Present research findings to faculty and at conferences.
  • Write research proposals to grant funding agencies.
  • Discuss and collaborate with other researchers on joint research projects.

Teaching Assistant 2006 - 2012

University of Houston Office of Laboratory Instruction

  • Liaison with program coordinator and other instructors to set course schedule and grading standards.
  • Run trial experiments before class to determine efficient and effective use of time and materials.
  • Maintain and repair equipment as needed.
  • Record attendance, grades, and participation for students final course grade.
  • Research literature, synthesize information, and prepare course instruction.
  • Give topic lectures and instruct students in laboratory techniques.
  • Meet with students individually for mentoring and tutoring.
  • Give students writing advise on their personal laboratory experiments and written assignments.
  • Supervise all health and safety procedures.

Research Assistant 2008 - 2010

University of Houston Department of Biology and Biochemistry

  • Write research proposals on topics in genetics and cell biology and submit to grant funding agencies.
  • Conduct preliminary research to determine the best efficient use of time and supplies.
  • Manage subordinates and delegate work responsibilities.
  • Maintain laboratory equipment and make repairs as needed.
  • Collect data from analytical instruments.
  • Develop statistical programming functions to analyze data.
  • Prepare and give oral presentations to scientific societies and colleagues.
  • Write final report for grant funding agency and for publication in peer ¬≠reviewed journals.

Research Assistant 2005 - 2006

University of Houston-Downtown Department of Natural Sciences

  • Test commercialized DNA assay for Pierce's Disease.
  • Design and conduct experiment to collect and identify adult mosquitoes in Houston.
  • Apply assay to test for West Nile Virus in captured adult mosquitoes.
  • Maintain laboratory supplies, equipment, and bacterial cultures.
  • Prepare and give presentation to research conferences.

Document Service Representative 2000 - 2004

Vinson & Elkins, LLP

  • Prepare and send out legal documents to courts, clients, and other firms.
  • Expertise in legal mail requirements, such as Registered, Certified, and Express mail.
  • Communicate with delivery services.
  • Helped attorneys and clients by personally delivering documents to offices and courts.