Patrick grew up in a small community in rural Ontario, Canada. He moved away for his University studies, and completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Guelph. Upon completion, he stayed at Guelph to pursue his graduate training in the laboratory of Professor Anthony Clarke where he developed a love for biochemistry and the bacterial cell wall. He then moved with his family to Birmingham in 2014 to take up a postdoctoral position in the laboratory of Professor Gurdyal Besra.
After 18 months Patrick was successful in obtaining a Future Leader Fellowship from the Biotechnology Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) to study mycobacterial cell wall recycling. At the conclusion of this Fellowship in 2019, Patrick was able to secure a BBSRC David Phillips Fellowship, which enabled him to start as a group leader in the School of Biosciences.