Stephen Richards, Ph.D.

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Dr. Richards has now moved to UC Davis. Please contact him with any questions about the arthropod projects.


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.


Lindsey ARI, Werren JH, Richards S, Stouthamer R. Comparative Genomics of a Parthenogenesis-Inducing Wolbachia Symbiont. G3 (Bethesda). 2016;6(7):2113-23. doi:10.1534/g3.116.028449.

Kolokotronis S-O, Foox J, Rosenfeld JA, et al. The mitogenome of the bed bug Cimex lectularius (Hemiptera: Cimicidae). Mitochondrial DNA B Resour. 2016;1(1):425-427. doi:10.1080/23802359.2016.1180268.

Benoit JB, Adelman ZN, Reinhardt K, et al. Unique features of a global human ectoparasite identified through sequencing of the bed bug genome. Nat Commun. 2016;7:10165. doi:10.1038/ncomms10165.

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.

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.