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Biographies of Collaborators in Fall 2014

Hillary Mushkin is an artist and member of the faculty at the California Institute of Technology. As an artist, she founded and leads Incendiary Traces, an art and research project focused on visualization of landscapes in high security situations. At Caltech she founded and directs the Caltech Science Engineering Art Design Initiative. Her work there includes teaching courses in art and technology and data visualization. As well, she co-founded and co-directs a data visualization summer internship program producing collaborations with software engineers and designers.


Case Cortese is Associate Director of Licensing  in the Office of Technology Transfer at the California Institute of Technology and has been in the office since 2006. Caltech is a leader in the nation in the number of patents issued to any single academic campus.

 At Caltech, Dr. Cortese works closely with faculty and other inventors to provide advice on patenting and licensing issues. Her duties include drafting and negotiating license, collaboration, confidentiality, material transfer, and research agreements, making patent filing and prosecution decisions, managing the Caltech/JPL patent portfolio, and supervising outside patent counsel.

 Dr. Cortese received her B.A. in Biology from Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster PA and her PhD in Molecular Genetics & Microbiology from the University of Florida-Gainesville, where she worked on the regulation of nucleic acid synthesis in negative-stranded RNA viruses. After completing her graduate studies, Dr. Cortese was an NRC Research Fellow at the US Army Military Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) at Ft. Detrick where she worked on biodefense vaccine development for Ebola and Marburg viruses.  Dr. Cortese has been admitted to the USPTO Patent Bar and is a registered patent agent.


Bauback Safa is a reconstructive, hand, and microvascular surgeon at the Buncke Clinic in San Francisco, CA. He graduated with distinction from the University of Virginia as an Echols Scholar with a BA in music and interdisciplinary studies. He then attended the Stanford University School of Medicine, obtaining his M.D. in 2001. He subsequently completed a residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the Stanford University Medical Center followed by a fellowship in microvascular and hand surgery at the Buncke Clinic, where he has been on faculty since 2007. He is board certified in both plastic and reconstructive surgery as well as hand surgery, and serves as clinical faculty in plastic surgery at both Stanford and the University of California San Francisco. Bauback obtained an MBA from the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business as a Haas Venture Fellow with a certificate in entrepreneurship. He is most recently co-founder and Chief Medical Officer of Mozart Medical, Inc, a digital health startup. He is also Chief Medical Officer of Zipline Medical, a venture-backed medical device company focusing on wound closure technologies. Bauback also serves on the scientific advisory board for numerous companies including Axogen (NASDAQ:AXGN), 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD), Articulinx, Cardiologic Solutions, and Genogen.