Pavel A. Puzerey

Pavel A. Puzerey

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Pavel A. Puzerey
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Pavel Puzerey is a Science Law Clerk and registered patent agent in the firm’s Life Sciences Unit of the Business Law department. He leverages his training in the life sciences to assist with a variety of intellectual property matters, including drafting and prosecution of patent applications and conducting freedom-to-operate, patentability, and due diligence analyses. Pavel joined Goodwin in November 2021.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Goodwin, Pavel completed his doctorate thesis at Case Western Reserve University where he studied the role of the monoamine neuromodulator, serotonin, in the regulation of activity and development of the cerebral cortex. After completing his doctorate studies, Pavel conducted postdoctoral research under the prestigious Ruth L. Kirschstein Postdoctoral Fellowship at Cornell University where he investigated the role of dopamine and acetylcholine neurotransmitter systems in vocal motor learning in songbirds. Pavel has presented his academic work at national conferences, such as the annual Society for Neuroscience conference, and has published scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals, including Nature, Science, Neuron, Journal of Neuroscience, Journal of Neurophysiology, and Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience. Before joining Goodwin, Pavel worked as a Patent Agent at a Boston boutique patent law firm.




Case Western Reserve University

BS Biology2009

John Carroll University



  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Recognition & Awards

Ruth L. Kirschstein Postdoctoral Fellowship from the National Institutes of Health.


  • Co-Author, “Dopaminergic error signals retune to social feedback during courtship,” Nature, 2023
  • Co-Author, “Movement signaling in ventral pallidum and dopaminergic midbrain is gated by behavioral state in singing birds,” Journal of Neurophysiology, 2021
  • Co-Author, “Songbird ventral pallidum sends diverse performance error signals to dopaminergic midbrain,” Neuron, 2019
  • Co-Author, “Vocal learning in songbirds requires cholinergic signaling in a motor cortex-like nucleus,” Journal of Neurophysiology, 2018
  • Co-Author, “Dopamine neurons encode performance error in singing birds,” Science, 2016
  • Co-Author, “Abnormal cell-intrinsic and network excitability in the neocortex of serotonin-deficient Pet-1 knock-out mice,” Journal of Neurophysiology, 2015
  • Co-Author, “Elevated serotonergic signaling amplifies synaptic noise and facilitates the emergence of epileptiform network oscillations,” Journal of Neurophysiology, 2014
  • Co-Author, “On how correlations between excitatory and inhibitory synaptic inputs maximize the information rate of neuronal firing,” Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience, 2014
  • Co-Author, “Disrupted ERK signaling during cortical development leads to abnormal progenitor proliferation, neuronal and network excitability and behavior, modeling human neuro-cardio-facial-cutaneous and related syndromes,” Journal of Neuroscience, 2012