Alexander K. Showalter, Ph.D.

Alex Showalter is a technical advisor; he joinedDarrow Mustafa P.C. in 2015.


Practice Summary

Dr. Showalter graduated from Wayne State University Law School in summer 2013.

Prior to joining Darrow Mustafa P.C., Dr. Showalter was a law clerk at Young Basile, P.C., where he assisted in patent drafting and prosecution with an emphasis on chemical and physics related patents.


  • Wayne State University Law School, J.D., 2013
  • The Ohio State University, Ph.D., Chemistry, 2002
  • State University of New York at Geneseo, B.S., Biochemistry, 1996

Prior Industry Employment

Dr. Showalter has over a decade of research experience in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries in the areas of advanced reaction kinetics, protein chemistry, a variety of spectroscopic and other analytic techniques, and formulations development, among others. 

Dr. Showalter’s professional positions in the field include post-doctoral academic researcher, Senior Research Chemist in both large industrial and start-up settings, and co-founder of a biotechnology analytics company.


Mechanistic comparison of high-fidelity and error-prone DNA polymerases and ligases involved in DNA repairChem. Rev., 106, 340-60 (2006).

An error-prone viral DNA ligaseBiochemistry, 44, 8408-17 (2005).

A reexamination of the nucleotide incorporation fidelity of DNA polymerases. Biochemistry, 41, 10571-6 (2002).

 Solution structure of a viral DNA polymerase X and evidence for a mutagenic function. Nat. Struct. Biol., 8, 942-6 (2001).

A DNA polymerase with specificity for five base pairs. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 123, 1776-7 (2001).


Alexander K. Showalter, Ph.D.