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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 with 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 in evidence-based diagnostics. This involves assessing and validating new diagnostic methods and tests in pathology, with a focus on digital pathology, molecular diagnostics, and urological cancers. A key area of my work is in developing the 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 part of the PathLAKE project (below) multidisciplinary team from 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 'lake' of histopathology digital images as a 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. 


Pathology 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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