Megan K. Hanley, Ph.D. provides technological advice in support of validity, infringement, and patentability analysis in the chemical area.

Prior to joining MBHB, Dr. Hanley conducted research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison wherein she: solved complex problems requiring a mix of experimental data and computational modeling; mentored junior graduate students and collaborated with post-doctorates on multiple projects; gained broad toolset of skills for analyzing experimental data; problem solved and troubleshot instrumentation; developed surface-enhanced and surface-sensitive 2D spectroscopies; and applied new methods to biological surfaces to monitor structure and dynamics. In addition, she conducted undergraduate research at the University of Notre Dame and University College Dublin.

  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison,

    Analytical Chemistry

  • B.S., University of Notre Dame,


Bar Admissions
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office


  • Roger J. Carlson Award Recipient for Outstanding Spectroscopist in Analytical Chemistry
  • Honorable Mention Recipient of National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program
  • Clare Boothe Luce Fellowship Recipient
  • Dr. Emil T. Hofman Scholarship Recipient
  • Robert and Genevieve Howard Scholarship Recipient
  • Idaho National Laboratory Center for Advanced Energy Studies Scholarship Recipient

Published Articles

Petti, M.K., Ostrander, J.S., Birdsall, E.R., Bohlmann Kunz, M., Armstrong, Z.T., Alperstein, A.M. & Zanni M.T. A proposed method to obtain surface specificity with pump-probe and 2D spectroscopies. J. Phys.Chem. A. 2020, 124(17),  3471-3483.

Ostrander, J.S., Lomont, L.P., Rich, K.L., Saraswat, V., Feingold, B.R., Petti, M.K., Birdsall, E.R., Arnold, M.S. & Zanni, M.T. Monolayer Sensitivity Enables 2D IR Spectroscopic Immuno-Biosensor for Studying Protein Structures: Application to Amyloid Polymorphs. J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2019, 10, 14, 3836-3842.

Petti, M.K., Ostrander, J.S., Saraswat, V., Birdsall, E.R., Rich, K.L., Lomont, J.P., Arnold, M.S. & Zanni, M.T. Enhancing the signal strength of surface sensitive 2D IR spectroscopy. J. Chem. Phys. 2019, 150, 024707.

Petti, M.K., Lomont, J.P., Maj, M. & Zanni, M. T. 2D Spectroscopy is Being Used to Address Core Scientific Questions in Biology and Materials Science. J. Phys. Chem. B. 2017. 122(6), 7855-7865.

Lomont, J. P., Ostrander, J. S., Ho, J.J., Petti, M. K. & Zanni, M. T.  Not All -sheets Are the Same: Amyloid Infrared Spectra, Transition Dipole Strengths, and Coupling Investigated by 2D IR Spectroscopy. J. Phys. Chem. B. 2017, 121, 8935-8945.