Richard Paige Phipps, Ph.D.

Richard Paige Phipps, Ph.D.

Contact Information

University of Rochester Medical Center
School of Medicine and Dentistry
601 Elmwood Ave, Box 850
Rochester, NY 14642

Appointment: (585) 275-URMC (8762)

Professional Bio

Dr. Phipps has authored or co-authorized over 190 articles, and numerous book chapters and reviews concerning control of normal and malignant B lymphocyte activation, cellular and molecular characterization of fibroblasts as mediators of inflammation, wound healing and fibrosis, Graves ophthalmopathy, and platelet biology. He is on the editorial board of Clinical Immunology and PPAR Research and is an ad hoc reviewer for many journals including the Journal of Clinical Investigation, American Journal of Pathology, PNAS, Trends in Immunology, Journal of Biological Chemistry, and Journal of Immunology. Dr. Phipps is a member of the American Association for Cancer Research, The American Physiological Society, The American Association of Immunologists, The American Society of Clinical Pathology, the American Thoracic Society and The American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has served on numerous review committees for the NIH and other government agencies.

Dr. Phipps was awarded three patents; immunologic conjugates of gram-negative bacterial autoinducer molecules, antibodies raised against immunogenic conjugates of gram-negative bacterial autoinducer molecules, and method for detecting a gram-negative bacterial autoinducer molecule. Dr. Phipps has received numerous awards and honors including the Arthur Kornberg Research Award, Burroughs-Wellcome Foundation Faculty Scholar, and the University of Rochester Pre and Postdoctoral Student Mentoring Award.

Dr. Phipps has dedicated his career to advancing biomedical research and training pre and postdoctoral students. His research studying prostaglandins, cytokines, and fibroblasts have contributed to a better understanding of B cell lymphoma, Graves Disease, and inflammatory processes.

Patient Care Bio

Dr. Phipps' research investigates several diseases involving immune and inflammatory components. He studies B cells and B cell lymphomas and how they are influenced by lipid mediators called prostaglandins. His laboratory also studies abnormal inflammatory and wound healing responses in the orbit of the eye (thyroid eye disease) and the lung (scarring) that involve fibroblast biology. Finally, he and his colleagues study platelets and their emerging role in inflammatory diseases such as diabetes and lung disease.

Awards & Honors (Local)

Dean's Professor of Environmental Medicine | University of Rochester | Rochester, NY 2008 - 2012
Toxicology Student Award for Teaching | University of Rochester | Rochester, NY 2007
Excellence in Research Award | University of Rochester | Rochester, NY 2006
Faculty Award for Mentoring Pre-Doctoral students and Post-Doctoral Fellows | University of Rochester, Rochester, NY 2002
Arthur Kornberg Research Prize, University of Rochester | Rochester, NY 1998
Distinguished Alumni Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarship | Medical College of Virginia 1993
Featured speaker-Second Interlaken Conf on Prostaglandins & Leukotrienes | Interlaken Conference Organizers 1992
Travel Fellowship: NIH Conf on molecular biological approaches to rheumatic diseases | National Institute of Arthritis, Arthritis Foundation Travel Fel | Rochester, NY 1986
Travel Fellowship to attend Amer Rheumatism Asso Mtg | Arthritis Found/Merck, Sharp & Dohme Travel Fellowship 1986
Arthritis Foundation Investigatorship | Arthritis Foundation | Rochester, NY 1984 - 1987
Arthritis Foundation Fellowship | Arthritis Foundation | Rochester, NY 1982 - 1984
Postdoctoral Fellowship | Div of Immunology, Duke University Med Ctr, NIH Rese 1981 - 1982
First Prize, Virginia Academy of Science, Microbiology Section, | Virginia Academy of Science, Microbiology Section 1980
Predoctoral Fellowship, Training in Cancer Etiology and Treatment | Department of Microbiology, The Medical College of Virginia, NIH 1979 - 1980
Postgraduate Scholar at the Walter & Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research | Walter & Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Melbourne, Au 1979 - 1980
Predoctoral Fellowship, Infectious Disease | Department of Microbiology, The Medical College of Virginia, NI 1977 - 1979
Graduated magna cum laude | Loyola College, Baltimore, MD 1977
Loyola College Scholarship, Maryland Senatorial Scholarship, Cummins Engine Company Scholarship, 1973-1977. 1973 - 1977


Electrophilic Compounds Enhance Platelet Production

United States Serial NO.: 12/738,949
Filed Date: October 29, 2008
Title: Use of Electrophilic Compounds for Inducing Platelet Production or Maintaining Platelet Function
Invented by: Richard Phipps, Jamie O'Brien (Bernard)
PPARgamma Enhancement of Vaccination

United States Serial NO.: 13/139,220
Filed Date: December 14, 2009
Title: Systems and Methods for Enhancing Vaccine Efficacy
Invented by: Richard Phipps, Tatiana Garcia-Bates
Disruption of Hyaluronan Synthesis and Fibroblast Activation in Thyroid Eye Disease

United States Serial NO.: 13/099,991
Filed Date: May 3, 2011
Title: Methods of Treating Thyroid Eye Disease
Invented by: Richard Phipps, Naxin Guo, Steven Feldon
Targeting Thy-1(CD90 or Thy1) as a Novel Therapy to Control Adipose Tissue Accumulation

United States Serial NO.: 14/437,378
Filed Date: October 21, 2013
Title: Thy-1 (CD90) As a Novel Therapy to Control Adipose Tissue Accumulation
Invented by: Richard Phipps, Steven Feldon, Collynn Woeller

Current Appointments

Wright Family Research Professorship - Department of Environmental Medicine (SMD)
Professor - Department of Environmental Medicine (SMD) - Primary
Professor - Department of Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases and Critical Care (SMD)
Professor - Department of Microbiology and Immunology (SMD)
Professor - Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology (SMD)
Professor - Department of Ophthalmology (SMD)
Professor - Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (SMD)
Professor - Department of Pediatrics (SMD)


PhD | Immunology | Medical College of Virginia1980
BS | Medical Technology | Loyola College1977

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. David Scott Duke University School of Medicine Durham, NC 27710 1983
Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. John Tew Medical College of Virginia Hospitals Richmond, VA 23298 1981
Postgraduate Scholar Prof. Gustav Nossal, Dr. Thomas Mandel 1980