April Barnard
Scientific Advisor

Over the course of a decade working in the surgical field, April’s research career began in cardiovascular physiology before shifting focus to microbiology and immunology. As a result, she has particular knowledge in several areas of biomedical science, including surgical equipment, vaccine development, and genetic engineering.

While working closely with anesthesiologists in the operating room, April published research in cardiovascular surgical outcomes. Throughout her undergraduate career, she gained experience in several areas ranging from botany to stem-cell research. After graduating from Indiana University with degrees in biology and chemistry, she entered Indiana University School of Medicine’s biomedical science Ph.D. program. As a graduate student, April performed cardiovascular surgery in large animal models, implemented molecular genetic manipulation using such techniques as PCR and CRISPR-Cas9, and focused on the effects of biological sex on viral pathogenesis.

In addition to biomedical research, April is passionate about science education and science literacy, devoting time and energy to teach undergraduate microbiology. With the mission to protect scientific integrity and advocate for those working in biomedical research, she served as president of her graduate class and founded science outreach organizations.  

Practice Groups
Education
  • J.D. Candidate,
    Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, 2024 (expected)
  • M.S., Microbiology & Immunology,
    Indiana University School of Medicine
  • B.S., Biology,
    Indiana University, 2015
  • A.A., Chemistry,
    Indiana University, 2015
Technical Background
  • Biochemistry
  • Biopharma
  • Chemistry
  • Drug Research
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry and Synthesis
Experience | Legal

Brinks Gilson & Lione, Indianapolis, IN
Scientific Advisor, August 2020-Present

Experience | Non-Legal

Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN
Research Scientist, October 2015 - May 2020

Kentucky One Health, Jewish Hospital, Louisville,KY
Anesthesia Technician, August 2012 - May 2015

Experience | Clerkships & Internships

Indiana State Department of Health, Indianapolis, IN
Policy Intern, November 2019 - January 2019

Experience | Teaching

Ivy Tech Community College, Indianapolis, IN
Adjunct Instructor, Microbiology, August 2016 – July 2020

Presentations
  • The role of sex hormones on intestinal Coxsackievirus B3 replication,”
    American Society for Virology, Minneapolis, MN (July 2019)
  • The role of biological sex in Coxsackievirus B3 infection and pathogenesis,”
    Midwest Microbial Pathogen Conference, Iowa City, IA (September 2018)
  • Role of Receptor Activator of Nuclear Factor kB Ligand (RANKL) in Coronary Smooth Muscle Contraction and Medial Calcification,” Experimental Biology, Chicago, Il (April 2017)
  • Decellularization and re-endothelialization of mouse hearts using induced pluripotent stem-cell derived cardiovascular progenitor cells,” Indiana Academy of Sciences, Indianapolis, IN (March 2015)
Honors
  • Indiana University McKinney Brinks Gilson & Lione IP Law Scholar, 2020
  • Indiana University Undergraduate Student Research Fellowship, 2015
  • James Y. McCullough Scholarship, 2015
Affiliations
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science, Member
  • American Society for Virology, Member