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Richard Rolfe

Senior Lecturer in Animal Biology / Biology

My interest in parasitology started while studying at the University of Wales. This led to a PhD at Rothamsted Research, Hertfordshire, studying the electrophysiological responses of nematodes to chemosensory compounds. Chevron icon


I continued this work as an industry funded postdoctoral research associate looking at the effects of a commercial compound on nematode chemoreception. I spent 2 years working as a postdoctoral research associate at Washington University School of Medicine looking at the role of the presynaptic protein, Rim in exocytosis and localisation to the synaptic membrane, in the free-living nematode Caenorhabditis elegans. On returning to the UK in 2002, I worked on drug resistance in parasitic nematodes and the role of chemosensory mutations in resistance at the University of Bristol.


  • PhD: Electrophysiologival analysis of nematode responses, Aberystwyth University, 2000
  • BSc (Hons): Zoology, Aberystwyth University, 1995

Membership of professional bodies

Member of the British Society for Parasitology


More publications from Richard Rolfe can be found in the Research Repository.

External responsibilities

Applied Sciences representative on Academic Portfoil Committee

Academic Link tutor - FdSc Zooloical Management - SGS college/Bristol Zoo

Academic Link tutor -Into (London) - Biology

External examining

Bicton College - FdSc Animal science and management