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Philip Patston, PhD

Associate Professor, Interim Dean for Academic Affairs

Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences


Building & Room:



801 S. Paulina Street, IL 60612


Dr. Patston studied biochemistry at the University of Bristol, and received his doctorate in biochemistry at the University of Oxford. He did postdoctoral work at Vanderbilt University, before moving to UIC. The central theme of his research has been enzyme regulation by phosphorylation and by limited proteolysis. In particular, he has studied regulation of plasma proteases by inhibitors of the SERPIN family. He also has served on many committees in the COD, at UIC, and the parent University of Illinois system. He was chair of the UIC Senate where he was an advocate of open and transparent governance, and for closer dialogue between faculty and administration in the spirit of shared governance. Currently for UIC he serves on the VCHA Health Professions Task Force, and the Interprofessional Education Steering Committee. In the COD he is on the Curriculum Committee, and the Accreditation Steering Committee. For many years he has been involved in curriculum development in the college, and helped initiate the small group learning systems based biomedical science curriculum we have now. He mostly teaches in the D1 year, and is a small group learning facilitator.


  • Post doctoral fellow, Vanderbilt University
  • D.Phil Biochemistry, University of Oxford
  • B.Sc. Biochemistry, University of Bristol

Research Currently in Progress

Regulation of plasma kallikrein activity by C1-inhibitor
Structure and function of serpin family of proteins
Curriculum development, including the integration of biomedical sciences in dental education