Richard graduated from the University of Sheffield with a BSc in Biochemistry and Microbiology (2012-2015), then spent three years working for a local church and a national charity. In 2019 he joined the MRC DTP PhD scheme at LSTM undertaking an MRes in Global Health: translational and quantitative skills. As part of the MRes research projects, he was involved in 16S rRNA data analysis of the human and mice microbiome.
Richard is undertaking a PhD with the proposed title of “Assessing the impact of horizontal gene transfer on the evolution of antimicrobial resistance in Enterobacteriaceae” in Dr Adam Roberts Group. The PhD employs conjugation studies, molecular biology techniques, sequencing, bioinformatics, data analysis, mathematical modelling and computer programming in R and Linux in order to provide a robust system to explain antibiotic resistance evolution and inform clinical treatment regimens of antibiotics. This involves collaboration with ongoing projects in Malawi which employs a One Health perspective to tackle AMR.