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Richard Colling


Clinical Lecturer in Histopathology

  • Honorary Registrar in Histopathology
  • Retained Lecturer in Medicine (Pathology)

I am a Clinical Lecturer in Histopathology at the Nuffield Division of Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NDCLS) and my time is split between research and clinical activities at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (OUH).  My interests are molecular diagnostics, digital pathology, evidence-based pathology, and respiratory and gastrointestinal pathology. I also teach undergraduate Medicine (Pathology) at Pembroke College.


My research is currently focused on investigating the use of morphometric image analysis (VIS, ImageJ, python) to predict outcome in patients with cancer. I am also investigating the diagnostic accuracy of automated PCR for routine molecular diagnostics (Idylla, Biocartis) in solid tumours.

I collaborate locally with the Oxford Digital Pathology Working Group (CRUK Oxford Centre) and have been involved in setting up a new image analysis service (VIS, Visiopharm) for Oxford. I also help manage and run our local digital pathology whole slide image viewing platform (WebMicroscope, Fimmic Oy). My other local collaborations have included working on the whole genome sequencing of solid tumours for the HICF2 project with the Oxford Molecular Diagnostics Centre (OUH and the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre) and a number of other cancer related projects I assist with for groups within NDCLS, the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine (WIMM) and the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics (WTCHG, NDM). I am collaborating with groups nationally at UCL (on-going breast cancer image analysis work), Cambridge and Birmingham (molecular diagnostics in lung cancer) and internationally I am working with groups in Toronto, Singapore (morphology of colorectal polyps) and Finland (tumour infiltrating lymphocyte characterisation with image analysis). 


I was awarded my medical degree from the Peninsula School of Medicine and Dentistry (Universities of Exeter and Plymouth) in 2009 following my intercalated Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biosciences in 2008. I worked as a Foundation Doctor and a Specialty Registrar in Histopathology in the South West and I moved to Oxford for an Academic Clinical Fellowship (ACF) in 2013, where I undertook a Master of Science degree in Evidence-Based Healthcare at the University of Oxford alongside my clinical work. In 2015 I took time out of my clinical training to complete a Molecular Diagnostics Fellowship in the Department of Oncology, University of Oxford. Before starting my Clinical Lecturer post in 2017 I was awarded Doctor of Medicine by Research in Pathology from University College London for my thesis on automated PCR testing in colorectal cancer. In 2018 I obtained Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists (FRCPath) by examination in Histopathology. I also hold a Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education with Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Genomic Medicine (funding awarded by Health Education England).

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