Aude S Peden



Aude S. Peden, Ph.D., is an associate and intellectual property lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP, where she is a member of the firm’s Chemical, Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Practice.

Aude served as a law clerk at Foley during law school. Prior to joining Foley, Aude served as an extern and intern with the Office of the General Counsel and the Office for Interactions with Industry at Partners HealthCare System in Boston. During her tenure at Partners HealthCare System, Aude monitored and managed conflicts of interest incidents under Harvard Medical School conflicts of interest policy and the Public Health Service Regulations on PHS-funded grants and contracts.

Aude completed her postdoctoral training in genetics and neurobiology in the Department of Biology and Howard Hughes Medical Institute at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, where she was a recipient of the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA). She then joined the University of Tennessee in Knoxville as a senior research scientist in the Department of Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology.


Aude earned her law degree from Boston University School of Law (J.D., 2018), where she was a 2L editor (2016 – 2017) and articles editor (2017 – 2018) for the Journal of Science and Technology Law. She earned her doctorate in molecular and cellular pharmacology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Ph.D., 2005) and her bachelor’s degree in biology, with a minor in chemistry, from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (B.S., magna cum laude, 1999).


Aude is fluent in French and Fang.


Aude is admitted to practice law in Wisconsin and before the United States Patent & Trademark Office.

Selected Publications

  • Author, “Betaine acts on a ligand-gated ion channel in the nervous system of the nematode C. elegans,” Nature Neuroscience (2013)
  • Co-author, “R-Ras regulates β1-integrin trafficking via effects on membrane ruffling and endocytosis,” BMC Cell Biology (2010)
  • Co-author, “Nonlinear optical imaging of cellular processes in breast cancer,” Microscopy and Microanalysis (2008)
  • Author, “The small GTPase R-Ras regulates organization of actin and drives membrane protrusions through the activity of PLCepsilon,” Journal of Cell Science (2006)
  • Co-author, “Dissecting autocrine effects on pulsatile release of gonadotropin-releasing hormone in cultured rat hypothalamic tissue,” Experimental Biology and Medicine (2004)
  • Co-author, “Leptin stimulates gonadotropin releasing hormone release from cultured intact hemihypothalami and enzymatically dispersed neurons,” Experimental Biology and Medicine (2001)


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