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Meet the PI

Meg Phillips, Ph.D.
Meg Phillips, Ph.D.
Sam G. Winstead and F. Andrew Bell Distinguished Chair in Biochemistry

Margaret Phillips, Ph.D., has been a tenured Professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center since 2002, and she is currently Chair of the Department of Biochemistry with a secondary faculty appointment in the Department of Pharmacology. She received her B.S. in biochemistry from the University of California, Davis, in 1981 and her Ph.D. in pharmaceutical chemistry from the University of California, San Francisco, in 1988.

She is a currently an Associate editor of PLOS Pathogens and serves on the scientific advisory committee for the Tropical Disease Initiative at Dundee and of the University of Glasgow, Wellcome Trust Center for Molecular Parasitology. She is Co-Chair of the Gordon Conference on Biology of Host Parasite Interactions in 2018.

Her board and committee service includes Medicines for Malaria Venture’s Expert Scientific Advisory Committee (2006-2008), the National Institutes of Health's Tropical Medical and Parasitology/Pathogenic Eukaryotes study section (2000-2005; 2009-2012; chair 2003-2005) and the WHO Steering Committee on Drug Discovery Research (1997-2006).

Dr. Phillips has served on the editorial board of the Journal of Biological Chemistry. She is a past co-director of the Marine Biological Laboratory's Biology of Parasitism Course, co-chair of the Polyamines Gordon Conference, co-organizer of the Molecular Parasitology Meeting, and co-organizer of the Keystone Symposium “Drugs against Parasitic Protozoa.”


Dr. Phillips received the 1995 New Investigator Award and the 1999 Scholar Award in Molecular Parasitology from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, and the 1996 American Heart Association Established Investigator Award.

Her research team won the 2010 Medicines for Malaria Venture’s Project of the Year award for their efforts to discover a new antimalarial drug.

Memberships, Publications, Patents

Dr. Phillips is a member of the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, the American Chemical Society, the American Society of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, and the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

Dr. Phillips has published 96 articles in scientific journals, and 20 book chapters or review articles.

She is the author of several patent applications on dihydroorotate dehydrogenase inhibitors with selective anti-malarial activity.

She has held many administrative, public service, and teaching positions, including serving as Chair for the Biological Chemistry Graduate Program from 1998 - 2007.