Current Position

2013- present     Professor of Fungal Cell Biology, Division of Infection, Immunity and Respiratory Medicine, University of Manchester

Previous Positions

2005-2013      Professor of Fungal Cell Biology, Institute of Cell Biology, University of Edinburgh

1997-2005      Reader in Fungal Cell Biology, Institute of Cell and Molecular Biology, University of Edinburgh

1985-1997      Lecturer in Mycology, Deptartment of Botany, University of Edinburgh

1981-1984      Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Bristol


1977-1981       PhD, University of Bristol

1974-1977       BSc (Hons) in Microbiology (1st Class), University of Bristol, Bristol

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

President, British Mycological Society

Chair of the Fungal Genetics Policy Committee

Member of the Aspergillus Policy Committee

Committee Member of International Mycological Association

Member of Life Sciences Section Committee (Royal Microscopical Society)

Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology

Fellow of the Royal Microscopical Society


Director of the Manchester Fungal Infection Group


BSc, PhD

Research interests

Nick Read's research is on spore germination and the early stages of colony establishment and infection by filamentous fungi. The main organisms studied in his lab are the fungal model Neurospora crassa and the human pathogens Aspergillus fumigatus and Fusarium oxysporum. Current projects in his lab include:

  • Cell biology of fungus-host interactions
  • Fungal cell tropisms and cell fusion
  • Antifungal peptides

Much of the research involves analysing living cells using a wide range of advanced imaging techniques and quantitative measurements and screens involving high throughput, multiparameter, live-cell assays.  His group is integrating these live-cell techniques with genetical and physiological studies, with emphasis on interdisciplinary research and systems biology.

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