Technical Advisor

Kanika Ghai joined Haley Guiliano in 2017 as a technical advisor in the intellectual property rights management group where she advises clients in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries on a variety of intellectual property issues.

Prior to joining Haley Guiliano, Kanika worked at Ropes & Gray as a technical advisor where she worked with life sciences clients in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries on drafting and prosecuting US and foreign patent applications, conducting IP diligence and freedom-to-operate analyses, providing litigation support related to infringement, invalidity and interference analysis, and advising clients on IP matters.

Kanika obtained her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from The Ohio State University in the laboratory of Dr. Andy Fischer.  Her doctoral research focused on understanding the role of Notch signaling in retinal development and regeneration.  She subsequently did a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Emory University conducting research in retinal neuroscience, specifically circadian rhythms and their impact on cellular function in the retina.  While at Emory University, Kanika also pursued an internship in the Office of Technology Transfer where she conducted prior art analysis and market analysis for technologies developed at the University.  Kanika has also worked as an Analyst at Ripple Management, Inc., where she helped inventors commercialize their products by evaluating early-stage technologies in life sciences, medical devices and material sciences and their potential business offering.


  • Shen J, Ghai K, Sompol P, Liu X, Cao X, Iuvone PM, Ye “K. N-acetyl serotonin derivatives as potent neuroprotectants for retinas.” Proc Natl Acad Sci. (2012)
  • Ghai K, Zelinka C, Fischer AJ. Notch signaling influences neuroprotective and proliferative properties of mature Müller glia. J Neurosci. (2010)
  • Ghai K, Zelinka C, Fischer AJ. Serotonin released from amacrine neurons is scavenged and degraded in bipolar neurons in the retina. J Neurochem. (2009)
  • Ghai K, Stanke JJ, Fischer AJ. Patterning of the circumferential marginal zone of progenitors in the chicken retina. Brain Res. (2008)
  • Fischer AJ, Stanke JJ, Ghai K, Scott M, Omar G. Development of bullwhip neurons in the embryonic chicken retina. J Comp Neurol. (2007)