Dr. Riina Richardson DDS, PhD, FRCPath, PGCertMedEd

Senior Lecturer

Research Focus

Mucosal immunology and oral and vaginal health and disease

Scientific Activities

Riina Richardson is a Consultant Medical Mycologist at the University Hospital of South Manchester (UHSM) and a Senior Lecturer in Infectious Diseases and Medical Education at the University of Manchester. She is a member of the UHSM Infectious Diseases team and associated with the National Aspergillosis Centre, and has have expertise in medical microbiology, medical mycology, infectious diseases, antimicrobial stewardship and infection prevention as well as mucosal immunology and oral and vaginal health and disease.

She has a special interest in chronic mucosal candidosis and expertise in the management of a spectrum of other mycoses including fungal sinusitis and skin infections in compromised patients. Her research group undertakes basic research, applied laboratory work and clinical studies.Her main emphasis is on the pathogenesis of chronic mucosal infections as well as the carcinogenicity and mutagenicity of chronic Candida infections.

To date she has published a total of over 100 peer-reviewed articles and books or book chapters in the field of medical microbiology, mucosal immunology, infectious diseases and oral medicine. She is also an enthusiastic educationalist in her various roles in undergraduate and postgraduate education including her role as the Programme Director for the University of Manchester MSc in Medical Mycology.

Significant Publications

Agrawal S, Barnes R, Brüggemann RJ, Rautemaa-Richardson R and Warris A. The role of the multidisciplinary team in antifungal stewardship. J. Antimicrob. Chemother. (2016) 71 (suppl 2): ii37-ii42 doi:10.1093/jac/dkw395

Nieminen MT, Novak-Frazer L, Collins R, Dawsey SP, Dawsey SM, Abnet CC, White RE, Freedman ND, Mwachiro M, Bowyer P, Salaspuro M, Rautemaa R. Alcohol and acetaldehyde in African fermented milk mursik--a possible etiologic factor for high incidence of esophageal cancer in western Kenya. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2013 Jan;22(1):69-75. doi: 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-12-0908.

Uittamo J, Nieminen MT, Kaihovaara P, Bowyer P, Salaspuro M, Rautemaa R. Xylitol inhibits carcinogenic acetaldehyde production by Candida speciesInt J Cancer. 2011 Oct 15;129(8):2038-41. doi: 10.1002/ijc.25844.


Contact information

Institute of Inflammation and Repair
Wythenshawe Hospital
M23 9LT

Email: riina.richardson@manchester.ac.uk