Richard Leggett

Technology Algorithms Group Leader


Contact details:

  • +44 (0) 1603 450 036





Richard is Group Leader of the Technology Algorithms Group (Leggett Group). 

His research interests include:

  • Application of new sequencing technologies
  • Real-time sequence analysis
  • Sequencing for diagnostics and surveillance
  • Classification and assembly of metagenomic samples
  • In-field and in situ sequencing
  • Development of new bioinformatics tools
  • Detection of pathogens from the air using Air-seq
  • Pathogen and AMR analysis of clinical metagenomic samples

He has been involved in the development of a number of bioinformatics tools, including:

Graduating in Physics, Richard spent 10 years working as a software engineer, before undertaking an MSc in Advanced Computing Science and a PhD in Computational Biology.  

His PhD thesis was entitled, "Computational approaches for the analysis and modelling of filamentous growth and branching of Steptomyces coelicolor". 

Following the PhD, and prior to joining EI, Richard was a postdoc at The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich, looking at novel methods for SNP detection in reference-free organisms.