Eileen Kane holds a Ph.D. in molecular biology from Cornell University, where she received a research fellowship and the Vincent du Vigneaud Award for Excellence in Research. She published scientific papers in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and the Journal of Virology and conducted research at Memorial Sloan- Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Her interest in the intersection of science and the law led her to obtain a J.D. and work as a scientific advisor and patent attorney in a major New York City law firm.
As a professor at Penn State Dickinson, Kane continues to draw upon her scientific and legal backgrounds, teaching a range of courses that blend the latest scientific advancements and fast-paced legal developments in biotechnology, the Internet, patent law and evidence. Her scholarship is focused on biotechnology, including such issues as gene patenting and DNA evidence. Kane is registered before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.