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Ellen Kats, PhD

TitleAssistant Director, Licensing
SchoolUCSF Chancellor/EVC/FAS
DepartmentVice Chanc Research
Address600 16th St
San Francisco CA 94158
Phone415-758-1598
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    As an Assistant Director of Licensing, Ellen is responsible for technology evaluation and management, commercializing technologies through licensing, as well as helping negotiate intellectual property terms for collaboration and sponsored research agreements with commercial partners. Ellen created and has been running the OTM's technology analyst internship program since 2012.

    Ellen has been managing intellectual property on behalf of UCSF since February 2007, when she initially joined the Office of Technology Management. Over these years, Ellen has managed a large invention portfolio, completed a wide range of partnering deals, and played critical roles in the formations of several UCSF start-ups. Ellen holds a Ph.D. in Biomedical Science from UC San Diego, as well as a B.A. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from UC Berkeley. Her scientific background is strongest in molecular and cellular biology, cancer biology, and human and yeast genetics.

    Ellen is passionate about aiding UCSF faculty and staff in realizing the fullest commercial potential in their inventions, and helping UCSF achieve its mission of advancing health worldwide through strategic partnerships leading to successes in clinical development and health sciences.


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    1. Kats ES, Enserink JM, Martinez S, Kolodner RD. The Saccharomyces cerevisiae Rad6 postreplication repair and Siz1/Srs2 homologous recombination-inhibiting pathways process DNA damage that arises in asf1 mutants. Mol Cell Biol. 2009 Oct; 29(19):5226-37. PMID: 19635810; PMCID: PMC2747975.
    2. Kats ES, Albuquerque CP, Zhou H, Kolodner RD. Checkpoint functions are required for normal S-phase progression in Saccharomyces cerevisiae RCAF- and CAF-I-defective mutants. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2006 Mar 07; 103(10):3710-5. PMID: 16501045; PMCID: PMC1533778.
    3. O'Brien LE, Tang K, Kats ES, Schutz-Geschwender A, Lipschutz JH, Mostov KE. ERK and MMPs sequentially regulate distinct stages of epithelial tubule development. Dev Cell. 2004 Jul; 7(1):21-32. PMID: 15239951.
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    4. Myung K, Pennaneach V, Kats ES, Kolodner RD. Saccharomyces cerevisiae chromatin-assembly factors that act during DNA replication function in the maintenance of genome stability. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2003 May 27; 100(11):6640-5. PMID: 12750463; PMCID: PMC164500.
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