Dr Riina Rautemaa 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 is an enthusiastic and innovative medical educationalist with a strong basic and clinical research background. She has actively participated in both clinical and scientific undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) medical and dental education since 1996. In addition, she has been involved in teaching nursing students, clinical scientists and working in multi-disciplinary teams. She is also the Programme Director for the University of Manchester’s MSc in Medical Mycology and co-lead for Undergraduate Infectious Diseases Learning for MMS. Her research group undertakes basic and 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. She has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles and books or book chapters.
She has collaborated with the with the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, National Cancer Institute, NIH, USA to study the high incidence of oral and oesophageal cancer in Western Kenya, and in 2013 found a potential link between oral cancer and fermented milk used in the villages. In 2015, she was a Professor in Residence for the Makarere University, Kampala, Uganda.