Eric B. Patterson, PhD
Eric B. Patterson, PhD

Eric B. Patterson, PhD

Assistant Professor
School of Medicine

Academic Appointments


  • Biomedical Sciences


  • Assistant Professor


Educational background: Ph.D. bacterial metabolism, Meharry Medical College; Postdoctoral studies: cloning autoimmune nuclear antigens, Duke University Dept. Microbiology; osteogenesis imperfecta mutation characterization, Univ. Michigan Howard Hughes Medical Institute. 

Publications and Presentations


  • Histamine utilizes JAK-STAT pathway in regulating cytokine production, International Immunopharmacology, 1, 759-762, 2001


  • Immunopharmacology 41 (1999) 77-87, Not Applicable, 1999
  • Khan, M.M., and E.B. Patterson. The Role of Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinases in Asthma. Submitted to Current Immunology Reviews


  • , Current Immunology Reviews, 11(2), 132-146


  • USWEST Fellowship Presentation, 2001

Research and Scholarship

Research and Scholarship Interests

  • Biochemistry, cell & molecular biology of intermediary metabolism and regulatory mechanisms. Role of diet, environment, and socioeconomic factors contributing to health disparities among indigenous and immigrant populations in the Americas.   Example interest:  the nutrient tryptophan is an amino acid that may be further processed, converted in several differentiated cells, to biogenic amines serotonin and melatonin. These metabolites are involved in diverse physiological states and activities, e.g., digestion, sleep cycles, immunity, and neurological communications.

Current Research Projects

  • Currently reviewing literature on tryptophan metabolites produced in the gut and microbiota roles in renal and cardiovascular pathology.