Vincent Richards

Assistant Professor

Contact Information

Office: 111 Jordan
Lab: 111 Jordan


Professional Experience
2013 - 2014    Research Associate, Cornell University
2010 - 2013    Postdoctoral Associate, Cornell University
2009 - 2009    Adjunct Professor of Biology, Nova Southeastern University
2000 - 2010    Research Assistant, National Coral Reef Institute and Guy Harvey Research Institute

Professional Experience prior to Academia
Aviation industry (avionics) with British Aerospace
Served in the Royal Air Force (UK)

2010    Ph.D. Marine Biology (Population Genetics), Nova Southeastern University
2006    M.Sc. Marine Biology (Population Genetics), Nova Southeastern University
2001    B.Sc. Marine Biology, Nova Southeastern University

Research Interests

My lab's primary research objective is to better understand how pathogenic bacteria evolve and adapt to their environment. Specific topics include understanding how these bacteria invade and colonize different environments and hosts, evade host defenses, acquire virulence factors, and move between different environments and hosts.

Central to this endeavor is the study of genetic variation and differential gene expression. With the advent of next generation sequencing technology, these processes can now be examined at the genomic level, and we utilize this technology to examine genomic variation in nucleotide sequence, gene content, and gene expression. Through a combination of these approaches, genes associated with particular disease states and tropisms can be identified, population genetic structure can be precisely delineated, and information regarding demographic history and transmission dynamics can be obtained. Subsequent gene knockout, attenuation, and challenge experiments can be performed with the ultimate goal of identifying targets for therapeutic agents and aiding vaccine development.

The correlation of genetic factors with disease state can also be used to develop diagnostic assays that can aid disease management. Lastly, information obtained from population studies can help control the spread of disease, elucidate outbreak causal factors, aid post infection source tracking, and assist in the management of livestock. Parallel to this specific interest in bacterial pathogens, we maintain a wide interest in evolutionary biology and population genetics.

Selected Publications