Catherine Amaya

Catherine Amaya

Science AdvisorPatent Agent
Catherine Amaya
+1 617 570 1601

Cathy Amaya is a science advisor in the firm’s Business Law department and a member of its Intellectual Property practice. She assists clients with various aspects related to intellectual property for life sciences innovations, including patent drafting, patent prosecution, and prior art research.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Goodwin, Catherine completed her PhD at Yale University in the lab of Christian Schlieker. Her work focused on understanding the morphology of the endoplasmic reticulum using a broad range of techniques including structural biology and cell and molecular biology. 

Professional Activities

Catherine is a member of SACNAS (Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/ Hispanics).




Yale University


Amherst College



  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Recognition & Awards

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, Awarded 2018


  • Amaya C, Cameron CJF, Devarkar SC, Seager SJH, Gerstein MB, Xiong Y, Schlieker C. Nodal modulator (NOMO) is required to sustain endoplasmic reticulum morphology. J Biol Chem. 2021 Jul 3;297(2):100937. doi: 10.1016/j.jbc.2021.100937. Epub ahead of print.
  • Amick J, Tharkeshwar AK, Amaya C, Ferguson SM. WDR41 supports lysosomal response to changes in amino acid availability. Mol Biol Cell. 2018 Sep 1;29(18):2213-2227. doi: 10.1091/mbc.E17-12-0703. Epub 2018 Jul 11. PMID: 29995611; PMCID: PMC6249801.