Margaret A. Phillips was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1959. She received her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from the University of California, Davis (1981) and her PhD in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from the University of California, San Francisco (1988), where she was also a postdoctoral fellow in the Dept. of Biochemistry (1988-1992).

Dr. Phillips is currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Biochemistry at UT Southwestern, where her research focuses on biochemistry and drug discovery in parasitic protozoa. 


Uni of California-Davis (1981), Biochemistry
Graduate School
Uni of California-Sfrancisco (1988), Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Research Interest

  • Drug design in protozoan parasites
  • Pyrimidine metabolism in trypanosome and malaria parasites
  • Regulation and function of polyamine biosynthesis in African trypanosomes


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Honors & Awards

  • Medicines for Malaria Venture
    Project of the Year (2010)
  • NIH Merit Award
  • Burroughs Wellcome Fund Scholars Award in Molecular Parasitology
  • American Heart Association Established Investigator Award
  • Burroughs Wellcome Fund, New Investigator Award in Molecular Parasitology

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Chemical Society
  • American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • American Society of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
  • American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene