Natasha Sardesai-Grant is an associate in the New York office. Since joining the firm, Natasha's practice has included litigation, counseling, due diligence, and licensing matters in all areas of intellectual property law across a variety of industries, including the fashion and footwear, consumer goods and services, entertainment, pharmaceutical, and information technology sectors.
Prior to law school, Natasha worked at the Center for Studies of Addiction in Philadelphia, where she managed research protocols investigating clinical strategies for addiction treatment including baclofen for treatment of cocaine and nicotine dependence, and neuroimaging (fMRI) studies of cue reactivity, craving states, and patient outcome prediction. Additionally, she researched cognitive attentional biases and implicit associations of chronic substance abusers in the general population, of adolescents at high risk for substance abuse, and among veterans of the United States Armed Forces.
Natasha has experience in a variety of other legal and scientific research areas, including the following: trends in pharmaceutical use by children and prescribing practices of child psychiatrists; legal and policy issues arising from covert video surveillance of suspected sufferers of Munchausen syndrome by proxy; development of criteria for identification of neglect to improve decision-making by County child welfare agencies and to facilitate design of training programs for judges to improve knowledge of issues related to children's mental health; healthcare access for the disabled; experiences of patients suffering from Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders arising from therapeutic use of levodopa; South African constitutional jurisprudence; tissue-engineered blood vessels for bypass grafts and microvascular networks for gene therapy; disease frequency in Canadian poultry; medical software marketing; and natural resource management and risk analysis. Natasha has worked at a number of research centers, including University of Pennsylvania Departments of Psychiatry and Engineering, The Field Center (formerly Center for Children's Policy, Practice & Research), University of Guelph Department of Epidemiology, and London Health Sciences Center Movement Disorders Clinic.
Additionally, Natasha has teaching experience in a number of fields, including bioethics, professional ethics, information systems and computing, introductory math and physics, English, and dance. Most recently, Natasha was a guest lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania Department of Engineering, where she lectured on controversies that have shaped the imperatives of modern professional ethics, such as the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment, as part of the curriculum of Ethics and Professional Responsibility for Engineers.
Natasha received a B.S.E. in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering and Applied Science, where her senior design project was a Motion Detection System for Audio Rehabilitation Therapy (MoDSART) for the PENNToys program. She received a Master of Bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, where her thesis focused on the place of technology in a modern definition of selfhood. Natasha received her J.D. from NYU School of Law.
Research and Presentations
Franklin TR, Ehrman R, Sciortino N, Gariti P, Harper D, Sardesai N, Willhite R, Derenick D, Childress AR. Consulting the Calendar: Increasing the Chances of Quitting Smoking, Successfully. (Presented at Penn Summit on Global Issues in Women’s Health: Safe Womanhood in an Unsafe World, University of Pennsylvania Schools of Nursing and Medicine, April 2005.)
Franklin TR, Sciortino NE, Willhite R, Wang Z, Wang JJ, Sardesai N, Harper D, Hakun J, Ehrman R, Detre J, Childress AR. Explicit smoking cues elicit a characteristic pattern of brain activation as evidenced by perfusion fMRI. (Presented at Basic and Clinical Applications of Functional and Molecular Neuroimaging Symposium, Center for Functional Neuroimaging, University Of Pennsylvania, April 22, 2005.)
Childress AR, Wang Z, Sciortino N, Detre J, Willhite R, Sardesai N, Listerud J, Hole AV, MacDougall MR, Vietri J, Germain A, O’Brien CP. How does the brain modulate cue-induced craving for natural (sex) and drug (cocaine) Rewards? Neuropsychopharmacology 29:S71, 2004. (Presented at the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology 43rd Annual Meeting, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2004.)
Contributions to Peer Reviewed Clinical Research Publications, Participation Cited
Steinberg AG, Wiggins EA, Barmada CH, Sullivan VJ. Deaf women: Experiences and perceptions of healthcare system access. Journal of Women’s Health 11(8):729-41, 2002.