Richard Bishop is a Principal Molecular Biologist who leads multiple research programs in the ILRI Biotechnology Theme. He has a first degree in Zoology and a PhD in Molecular Biology from the University of Glasgow, where his thesis topic was to investigate the molecular mechanism of transposition in bacteria. He subsequently worked on the molecular karyotype of the human pathogen Leishmania donovani at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. When he joined joining ILRI in 1988 his main areas of research specialisation was on, molecular epidemiology and vaccine development for Theileria parva, which causes East Coast fever in cattle. Since the year 2000 he has shifted focus, to lead research on applied pahogen vector genomics, including development of tick-pathogen combination vaccines. Additionally he has created a program in biotechnological approaches to improvement of smallholder pig systems, initially targeting African swine fever molecular epidemiology, diagnostics and vaccine development. He is an author of 110 refereed journal publications and six book chapters.