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Maria Matveenko – Trainee Attorney

Maria Matveenko is a trainee patent attorney in our Melbourne chemistry team.  Her expertise across multiple scientific disciplines including organic chemistry, protein biochemistry and medicinal chemistry has contributed to a number of first author publications in high impact journals.  Maria is keen to apply this knowledge, interest and experience to her work with new and existing clients in the sector, and is currently studying for her Master of Intellectual Property Law at the University of Melbourne.

Full Bio

Maria holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Chemistry and a Bachelor of Biomedical Science from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, and completed her PhD in Organic Chemistry at the Australian National University, Canberra.  She is widely travelled and her postdoctoral fellowships include two years of organic synthesis research at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU), Germany, and five years of peptide and protein chemistry research at the University of Vienna, Austria. 

Maria’s passion for searching chemical and biological information has taken her to the Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) of the American Chemical Society in Columbus, Ohio, USA, as one of the 2014 SciFinder Future Leaders in Chemistry.

Prior to joining FB Rice, Maria was an Associate Editor at Life Science Editors based in Oxford, UK, providing editorial solutions to scientists in various disciplines and assisting them in producing and obtaining their publications and grants.  This allowed Maria to further develop relationships with clients from academia and industry internationally.

Maria is fluent in Russian and has a good command of German.

Education & Industry Expertise


  • PhD in Organic Chemistry, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Chemistry, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
  • Bachelor of Biomedical Science, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Key Areas of Expertise

  • Organic chemistry
  • Protein biochemistry
  • Medicinal chemistry
  • Peptide synthesis
  • Biochemistry
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Drug metabolism and pharmacokinetics
  • Analytical methods
  • Spectroscopy