Richards Group

Centre for Biomedical Modelling and Analysis, University of Exeter

We use theoretical methods to tackle a broad range of topics in biology and medicine.
This involves using a combination of mathematics, physics, computing and experimental data to probe the fundamentals of how cells and our immune systems function.

Current collaborations include:

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Most recent publications:

  • Richards DM, Endres RG (2017) How cells engulf: a review of theoretical approaches to phagocytosis. Rep Prog Phys 80:126601 (PubMed)
  • Richards DM, Endres RG (2016) Target shape dependence in a simple model of receptor-mediated endocytosis and phagocytosis. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 113(22):6113-8 (PubMed)
  • Richards DM, Saunders TE (2015) Spatiotemporal analysis of different mechanisms for interpreting morphogen gradients. Biophys J 108:2061-73 (PubMed)
  • Micali G, Aquino G, Richards DM, Endres RG (2015) Accurate encoding and decoding by single cells: amplitude versus frequency modulation. PLOS Comput Biol 11(6):e1004222 (PubMed)
  • Richards DM, Endres RG (2014) The mechanism of phagocytosis: two stages of engulfment. Biophys J 107:1542-53 (PubMed)
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Phagocytosis is the fascinating process by which our immune cells engulf and destroy foreign particles. How easily such cells can destroy a foreign particle depends crucially on the particle shape and size, and the direction that the cell meets the particle. This is directly relevant to the design of microparticle drug delivery systems (tiny particles that can be used to carry drugs) since such particles must be carefully designed to avoid removal via phagocytosis. Click below for a gentle introduction to these topics and how our work is helping.

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Contact us

Address: Centre for Biomedical Modelling and Analysis, Living Systems Institute, University of Exeter, Exeter EX4 4SB, UK

Email: david.richards@exeter.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0)1392 727483