Tenaya Louise Newkirk, Ph.D.

Technical Specialist


Tenaya Newkirk supports legal teams in the technical aspects of the patent preparation process. She works with attorneys to support innovators in life sciences, biological products, combination products and pharmaceutical markets.

Patent Experience

An organic chemist with a background in research, Tenaya holds five patents for synthesis and uses of largazole analogues. She understands firsthand the challenges related to bringing groundbreaking laboratory work to market.

Faculty Positions

Colorado State University — Special Assistant Professor/Organic Chemistry Lab Coordinator, 2011-17





Colorado State University
Ph.D. (2009)

University of Colorado
B.A. with Distinction (2005)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • A Tactile Limiting Reagent Exercise: Toys in the Classroom
    Australian Journal of Education in Chemistry, 2014
  • Synthesis and Activity of Largazole Analogs: Modifications of Cap Group and Metal-Binding Domain
    Co-author, Organic Letters, 2009
  • Discovery, Biological Activity, Synthesis and Potential Therapeutic Utility of Naturally Occurring Histone Deacetylase Inhibitors
    Co-author, Natural Product Reports, 2009

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • American Chemical Society, 2009-present


  • Faegre Drinker — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2020 
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2019 
  • Colorado State University — Honors Professor of the Year, 2017
  • Waterpik Excellence in Education Award, 2014
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