Metagenomics: the dental microbiome and caries

Richards et al. 2017

Impact of HIV on childhood caries

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Arginine catabolism and dental health

Velsko et al. 2018

Global patterns of exchange for antibiotic genes

Chen et al. 2018

Phylogenomics: resolving the Streptococcus mitis and Streptococcus oralis species complex

Velsko et al. 2019

Metagenomics: the fungal mycobiome and caries

O'Connell et al. in press

Phylogenomics: bacterial ribosomal genes

Hassler et al. in prep

Metagenomics: Legionnaires' disease

Hammer et al. In prep

Streptococcus agalactiae: adaptation and movement among hosts and niches

Richards et al. 2011
Richards et al. 2013
Richards et al. 2019

High gene diversity for Campylobacter membrane polysacharides

Richards et al. 2013

Compatative genomics for an opportunistic pathogen of cats and dogs

Richards et al. 2012

Genome evolution and functional diversity for the Streptococci

Richards et al. 2014

With an emphasis on human and animal health, my lab's major focus is to utilize comparative genomics, transcriptomics, population genomics, phylogenomics, and metagenomics to study how bacterial pathogens evolve, adapt, and interact. We aim to gain a better understanding of how these pathogens adapt, respond to, and move between different environments and hosts. In addition, we have a strong interest in the human microbiome, where we aim to gain a better understanding of the relationship between these communities and their environment and also the synergy among the microorganisms that comprise these systems. We also maintain an active interest in the evolution, population genetics, and genomics of a wide range of eukaryotes.


2020 Junior Researcher of the Year


Department of Biological Sciences, College of Science, Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29634