Karen Chiu focuses on patent prosecution in the fields of life sciences, biotechnology, and pharmaceuticals. Earlier in her career, Karen worked as the lead commercialization analyst at the Office of Technology Management at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where she performed due diligence and landscape analyses in engineering, physical sciences, life sciences, agricultural sciences, and software.

Thought Leadership

  • Co-author, “Subchronic exposure to environmentally relevant concentrations of di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate differentially affects the colon and ileum in adult female mice,” Chemosphere, December 2022.
  • Co-author, “Daily longitudinal sampling of SARS-CoV-2 infection reveals substantial heterogeneity in infectiousness. Nature Microbiology, April 2022.
  • Co-author, “Longitudinal Analysis of SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine Breakthrough Infections Reveals Limited Infectious Virus Shedding and Restricted Tissue Distribution,” Open Forum Infectious Diseases, April 2022.
  • Co-author, “Perfluorooctanoic Acid Disrupts Ovarian Steroidogenesis and Folliculogenesis in Adult Mice,” Toxicological Sciences, March 2022.
  • First Author, “Isolation of DiNP-Degrading Microbes from the Mouse Colon and the Influence DiNP Exposure Has on the Microbiota, Intestinal Integrity, and Immune Status of the Colon,” Toxics, February 2022.
  • First Author, “The Impact of Di-Isononyl Phthalate Exposure on Specialized Epithelial Cells in the Colon,” Toxicological Sciences, October 2021. 
  • First Author, “Subacute Exposure to an Environmentally Relevant Dose of Di-(2-ethylhexyl) Phthalate during Gestation Alters the Cecal Microbiome, but Not Pregnancy Outcomes in Mice,” Toxics, September 2021.
  • Co-author, “Longitudinal Assessment of Diagnostic Test Performance Over the Course of Acute SARS-CoV-2 Infection,” Journal of Infectious Diseases, September 2021.
  • Co-author, “Daily sampling of early SARS-CoV-2 infection reveals substantial heterogeneity in infectiousness. medRxiv, July 2021.
  • First Author, “Subacute exposure to di-isononyl phthalate alters the morphology, endocrine function, and immune system in the colon of adult female mice,” Scientific Reports, November 2020.
  • Co-author, “Saccharomyces cerevisiae Fermentation Product Did Not Attenuate Clinical Signs, but Psyllium Husk Has Protective Effects in a Murine Dextran Sulfate Sodium-Induced Colitis Model.” Current Developments in Nutrition, October 2020.
  • First Author, “The Impact of Environmental Chemicals on the Gut Microbiome. Toxicological Sciences, August 2020.
  • Co-author, “Sanitary pads and diapers contain higher phthalate contents than those in common commercial plastic products,” Reproductive Toxicology, March 2019.