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Richard Colling


Senior Clinical Research Fellow

  • Honorary Consultant in Histopathology (OUH)
  • Junior Research Fellow, Kellogg College
  • Lecturer in Medicine, Pembroke College



I am a Senior Clinical Research Fellow in Cellular Pathology (Histopathology) and my time is split between research for NDS and clinical activities at the John Radcliffe Hospital (OUH). I specialise clinically in urological (prostate, bladder, kidney, testicular) pathology and report biopsies and resections for patients from across the Oxford region. I also practice autopsy pathology. In the wider University I teach undergraduates, both at Pembroke College and on the NDCLS Laboratory Medicine Course, and I am a Junior Research Fellow at Kellogg College.


My research interests are focused on digital pathology, molecular diagnostics, and evidence-based healthcare in the clinical histopathological assessment of cancer - focusing on urological cancers. A key area of my work is in developing an evidence-based use of digital pathology tools such as digital microscopy, whole slide imaging, image analysis, machine learning and artificial intelligence for use in clinical practice in the NHS. I am working on the PathLAKE project at the Oxford Centre, collaborating with a multidisciplinary team on digital pathology in the Verrill Pathology Group. Oxford is one of several sites in the PathLAKE consortium - one of the new digital pathology networks set up across the UK as part of the Data to Early Diagnosis and Precision Medicine program, funded by the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (UK Research and Innovation). PathLAKE aims to create a big data histopathology digital image 'lake' resource for use in UK digital pathology research and development, as well kick-start the transition of NHS pathology services to digital pathology in the UK, and innovate new AI and other digital software tools for use in clinical practice. My work involves helping design and develop these tools, to annotate histopathology images that drive machine learning, and validate developed tools for clinical use. 


Specialist Training:

  • North Bristol NHS Trust
  • University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust
  • Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Academic Training:

  • Academic Clinical Fellow, OUCAGS
  • Molecular Diagnostics & Digital Pathology Fellow, University of Oxford
  • Clinical Lecturer, University of Oxford


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