Jessica Duncombe

Trainee Patent Attorney

Jess joined Kilburn & Strode in October 2018 and is currently training to become a European and UK patent attorney in the Life Sciences and Chemistry group.
Prior to joining Kilburn & Strode, Jess gained extensive academic experience in the field of neuroscience, with a particular focus on Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia and small vessel disease.  During her PhD, Jess studied the mechanism by which accumulation of amyloid protein aggregates cause cerebrovascular dysfunction, and demonstrated the role of oxidative stress in this process through targeting the free radical-producing enzyme NADPH oxidase 2.
Following her PhD, Jess then gained further experience in glial cell biology through her work as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Edinburgh.  Her work investigated how the brain’s resident immune cells (known as microglial cells) cause damage to myelinated axons following perturbations in cerebral blood flow, and whether inhibiting the expansion of this cell population would provide effective protection from white matter damage.




PhD in Neuroscience – University of Edinburgh (2017)
MSc in Integrative Neuroscience – University of Edinburgh (2013)
BSc in Neuroscience and Psychology – University of Manchester (2011)




Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) – student member
The Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office (EPI) – student member

Selected publications

N. Bassil, J. Duncombe, Patentability of plant products obtained by an essentially biological process, Kilburn & strode, (2019) 

  • Biotechnology
  • Biologics
  • Healthcare
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Patents

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