David Richards studied physics and mathematics at the University of Cambridge, obtaining a PhD

Research interests

His work involves mathematical modelling and computational simulation of various areas of biology and biomedicine, often with significant use of image analysis, data-centric analysis and parameter fitting. Almost all his research involves close collaboration with experimentalists, typically spanning several disciplines. Current research topics include phagocytosis (the way that immune cells engulf and destroy particles such as bacteria), the dynamics of peroxisomes (tiny organelles within cells), how filamentous fungi grow and penetrate tissue, how plant cells respond to fungal attack, and the rules that underlie the earliest stages of human embryogenesis.