Stephen Richards, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Molecular and Human Genetics

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Ph.D., Rice University, 1999
B.Sc., The University of Bath, 1990

Research Interests:

Dr. Stephen Richards has a broad background in genomics, with a focus on quantitative traits in insect models, arthropod comparative genomics, methods for genome sequencing, assembly and annotation, and a history in human genetics.


Rane RV, Walsh TK, Pearce SL, et al. Are feeding preferences and insecticide resistance associated with the size of detoxifying enzyme families in insect herbivores?. Curr Opin Insect Sci. 2016;13:70-6. doi:10.1016/j.cois.2015.12.001.

Sadd BM, Barribeau SM, Bloch G, et al. The genomes of two key bumblebee species with primitive eusocial organization. Genome Biol. 2015;16:76. doi:10.1186/s13059-015-0623-3.

Zhao C, Escalante LNavarro, Chen H, et al. A massive expansion of effector genes underlies gall-formation in the wheat pest Mayetiola destructor. Curr Biol. 2015;25(5):613-20. doi:10.1016/j.cub.2014.12.057.

Anstead CA, Korhonen PK, Young ND, et al. Lucilia cuprina genome unlocks parasitic fly biology to underpin future interventions. Nat Commun. 2015;6:7344. doi:10.1038/ncomms8344.

Richards S, Murali SC. Best Practices in Insect Genome Sequencing: What Works and What Doesn't. Curr Opin Insect Sci. 2015;7:1-7. doi:10.1016/j.cois.2015.02.013.

Ostrowski EA, Shen Y, Tian X, et al. Genomic signatures of cooperation and conflict in the social amoeba. Curr Biol. 2015;25(12):1661-5. doi:10.1016/j.cub.2015.04.059.

Simakov O, Kawashima T, Marlétaz F, et al. Hemichordate genomes and deuterostome origins. Nature. 2015;527(7579):459-65. doi:10.1038/nature16150.

Richards S. It's more than stamp collecting: how genome sequencing can unify biological research. Trends Genet. 2015;31(7):411-21. doi:10.1016/j.tig.2015.04.007.

Chipman AD, Ferrier DEK, Brena C, et al. The first myriapod genome sequence reveals conservative arthropod gene content and genome organisation in the centipede Strigamia maritima. PLoS Biol. 2014;12(11):e1002005. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1002005.

Fuller ZL, Haynes GD, Zhu D, et al. Evidence for stabilizing selection on codon usage in chromosomal rearrangements of Drosophila pseudoobscura. G3 (Bethesda). 2014;4(12):2433-49. doi:10.1534/g3.114.014860.