Amy Rupert, Ph.D.

Amy Rupert, Ph.D.

Patent Agent


Amy joined the Beck & Thomas team as a scientific advisor and became a patent agent in 2018.  She focuses her efforts on patent prosecution and assisting on technical issues surrounding litigation, and helps evaluate current technology and prior art in support of product acquisition and launch.  Amy's extensive education and experimental experience in chemistry, biochemistry, and neuroscience allows her to appreciate the often highly technical side of patented ideas and inventions.

  • Pittsburgh Section of the American Chemical Society; Treasurer (2013), Chair (2014)
  • Women's Chemist Committee (Vice-Chair, Outreach Coordinator)
  • Society for the Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh & The Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh
  • Judge for local PRSEF and PJAS science fairs, 2007-2014

  • Graduate Excellence Fellowship, 2008
  • Arts and Sciences Graduate Fellowship, 2007
  • Phi Lambda Upsilon, National Chemistry Honors Society, 2007
  • The Chair's Scholar Fellowship, 2006, University of Pittsburgh
  • The Achievement Award in Chemistry, Society for the Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh, 2006
  • American Chemical Society Division of Analytical Chemistry Undergraduate Award, 2005
  • EB Warnock Scholarship, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2005
  • Provost Scholar, 2004
  • USAA National Collegiate Natural Science Award, 2003

  • Rupert, A. E., Ou, Y., Sandberg, M., Weber, S.G.; Electroosmotic Push-Pull Perfusion: Description and Application to Qualitative Analysis of the Hydrolysis of Exogenous Galanin in Organotypic Hippocampal Slice Cultures; ACS Chemical Neuroscience, 2013, 4(5), pp 838-848
  • Rupert, A. E., Ou, Y., Sandberg, M., Weber, S.G.; Assessment of Tissue Viability Following Electroosmotic Push-Pull Perfusion from Organotypic Hippocampal Slice Cultures; ACS Chemical Neuroscience; 2013, 4(5), pp 849-857
  • Hamsher, A. E., Xu, H., Guy, Y., Sandberg, M., Weber, S.G.; Minimizing Tissue Damage in Electroosmotic Sampling; Analytical Chemistry, 2010, 82(15), pp. 6370-6376
  • Xu, H., Guy, Y., Hamsher, A.E., Shi, G., Sandberg, M., Weber, S.G.; Electroosmotic Sampling. Application to Determination of Ectopeptidase Activity in Organotypic Hippocampal Slice Cultures, 2010, 82(15), pp. 6377-6383
  • Guy, Y., Rupert, A.E., Sandberg, M., Weber, S.G.; A Simple Method for Measuring Organotypic Tissue Slice Culture Thickness; Journal of Neuroscience Methods, 2011, 199(1), pp 78-81

  • University of Pittsburgh, 2012, Ph.D., Analytical Chemistry
    • Developed method for electrokinetic sampling of live brain tissue and applied it towards measuring enzyme kinetics within the extracellular space
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2006, B.S., Chemistry
    • Investigated surface chemistry of industrial diamonds as well as evaluated potential efficacy of commercial surfactant to remove PCBs from naval ship decks

Post-Doctoral Associate (2012-2014), Pittsburgh Institute of Neurodegenerative Diseases, Department of Neurology, University of Pittsburgh