Dr Dil Patel

Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Health, Medicine and Social Care
School of Medicine
Areas of Expertise:
Pharmacology and Paramedic Science
Research Supervision:

Dil is experienced in the areas of organic chemistry and drug discovery. Previous research includes the effects of endogenous steroids on the sodium potassium pump and the synthesis of organic polymers as candidates for artificial muscles.


Dil Joined the East of England Ambulance Service in 2004 and qualified as a Paramedic in 2006. During his time with EEAST he seconded as Team Leader, Paramedic Course Director, Clinical Support Desk and Specialist Paramedic (Urgent Care). He spent 5 years as a member of the Royal Air Force (4626 Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron) training in survival medicine and emergency transport of critical patient. His speciality lies in Pharmacology where much of his early research was involved in drug discovery. Following a PhD in organic chemistry, research turned to cholesterol-based elastomers as sensors and cyano-acrylate polymers in biomimetics.

Spoken Languages



Research interests
  • Cardiotonic steroids
  • Hypercholesterolaemia, lipoproteins
  • Pharmacodynamics of prehospital drugs
  • Emergency Medicine

Most recently Dil has been researching the cardiovascular effects of caffeine; in the future this research will expand to include a variety of electrolytes and cardiovascular changes during exercise.

Areas of research supervision
  • Internship: Investigating the cardiovascular effects of caffeine
  • Internship: Ischaemic monomelic neuropathy (IMN)
  • Senior lecturer for Paramedic Science BSc (Hons)
  • Dil previously taught on IHCD Paramedic courses as well as EMT and ECA programs.
  • Previously a lead instructor for Paediatric Education for Prehospital Professionals (PEPP). He teaches and leads the module: Pharmacology for Prehospital professionals at ARU as well as supporting pharmacology for other paramedic modules.
  • PgCert: Learning and Teaching (Higher Education), Anglia Ruskin University
  • PhD: Organic Chemistry, University of Reading
  • Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry, University of Hertfordshire
Memberships, editorial boards
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Journal of Paramedic Practice (reviewer)
Selected recent publications

Patel, D., 2021. Paramedic Prescribing: Pharmacodynamics. Journal of Paramedic Practice. (Forthcoming).

Santulli, C., Patel, D., Jeronimidis, G., Davis, F. and Mitchell, G., 2005. Development of smart variable stiffness actuators using polymer hydrogels. Smart Materials and Structures, 14(2), pp.434-440.

Chapter 2: General Procedures in Chain growth polymerisation & Chapter 9: Liquid Crystalline Polymers in: Davis, F., 2004. Polymer Chemistry. Oxford: Oxford University Press.