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Dr David Richards

Senior Research Fellow / MRC Career Development Fellow


Telephone: 01392 727483

Extension: (Streatham) 7483


My research at Exeter involves using mathematics and computing to study biological and medical processes. This often involves using a combination of dynamical systems, reaction-diffusion equations, spatio-temporal modelling, numerical simulation and image analysis. Currently I am working on the following projects:

  • Target shape dependence during phagocytosis
  • The dynamics of peroxisome shape
  • The role of noise in pituitary cells
  • Phagosome dynamics
  • Plant response to phytopathogens


I am currently co-supervising:

  • Freddy Wordingham - PhD - "Optimising dermatological photodynamic therapy effectiveness using a novel radiative transfer model
  • Rudy Arthur - PhD - "The emergence of biological phenotypes from dynamic gene networks"
  • Josiah Passmore - MSc - Peroxisome shape and dynamics


I am funded by the Wellcome Trust as part of the Centre for Biomedical Modelling and Analysis (CBMA).

Personal webpage

David Richards, Exeter University, 2016-7