Professor Richard Ffrench-Constant
Professor of Molecular Natural History


I am currently engaged in work that spans three very different aspects of current biology: insecticide resistance, insect mimicry, and bacterial virulence (both to insects and to man). I use state-of-the art molecular techniques, such as cloning, BAC finger-printing, and EST sequencing, to facilitate advances in each of these important fields. My study organisms include Drosophila, several butterfly species, and the bacterial pathogen Photorhabdus. I am a member of the evolution research group.

My research has received substantial media coverage by a number of organizations and in a variety of formats. Mostly recently, our lab was featured in a short Nature video on the genetic control of butterfly mimicry.


1987: PhD at Imperial College, London University UK, in insecticide resistance
1983: MSc at the University of Southampton, UK, in entomology
1982: BSc (Hons) at the University of Exeter, UK, in biology


2006-present Chair of Molecular Natural History, Biosciences, University of Exeter
2000-2006 Chair of Molecular Biology, Biology, and Biochemistry, University of Bath
1990-2000 Associate Professor of Entomology, Entomology, UW Madison, USA
1988-1990 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Cornell University, USA
1987-1989 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Contact details

Tel+44 (0) 1326 253729
AddressDaphne du Maurier Building
University of Exeter
Penryn Campus
TR10 9FE

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