Lauren M. Segal

, Ph.D.


Lauren M. Segal provides technological advice in support of validity, infringement, and patentability analysis in the biotechnology and medical device and diagnostics areas.

Prior to joining MBHB, Dr. Segal served as Associate Technology Manager at the University of Illinois-Chicago Office of Technology Management. In this role, she managed all aspects of intellectual property and commercialization for a portfolio of scientific innovations including medicals devices, therapeutics, and diagnostics; guided faculty members and graduate students through the process of commercializing early-stage technologies; and negotiated license agreements with external companies and faculty-led startups.

During her academic tenure, Dr. Segal worked as a Commercialization Analyst at NUtech Ventures at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln evaluating technologies for their intellectual property and commercial potential. She received her Ph.D. in Plant Pathology with a specialization in Fungal Genetics. Dr. Segal’s expertise includes agronomy, biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, microbiology, and molecular biology. In addition to her work, Dr. Segal enjoys advocating for underserved populations in STEM by speaking on panels and leading workshops. She also served on several Diversity and Inclusion committees throughout her career.

  • Ph.D., University of Nebraska,

    Plant Pathology: Fungal Genetics

  • M.S., University of Nebraska,

    Agronomy: Soil Microbiology

  • B.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,

    Integrative Biology

  • Women in Bio (WIB) Chicago
  • Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM)

Published Articles

  • G. Li, X. Qi, G. Sun, R.O. Rocha, L.M. Segal, et al. (2019) Terminating Rice Innate Immunity Induction Requires a Network of Antagonistic And Redox-Responsive E3 Ubiquitin Ligases Targeting a Fungal Sirtuin. New Phytologist.
  • L.M. Segal. (2018) A Delicate Balancing Act: Genes Governing Redox and Lipid Homeostasis Are Essential to the Biotrophic Growth of the Rice Blast Fungus Magnaporthe oryzae. ETD collection for University of Nebraska – Lincoln.
  • L.M. Segal and R.A. Wilson (2017) Reactive Oxygen Species Metabolism and Plant-Fungal Interactions. Fungal Genetics and Biology.
  • L.M. Segal. (2014) Ammonia-Oxidizing Bacteria and Archaea Under Continuous Maize: The Influence of Tillage, N Input and Aggregation on Abundance and Community Composition. ETD collection for University of Nebraska – Lincoln.
  • C.L. Casteel, L.M. Segal, O.K. Niziolek, et al. (2013) Elevated Carbon Dioxide Increases Salicylic Acid in Glycine max. Environmental Entomology.