Prof Malcolm RichardsonPhD, FRSB, FInstSSE, FRCPath, FECMM Academy

Honorary Professor

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Director - Head of Service and Consultant Clinical Scientist in Medical Mycology, Mycology Reference Centre - European Confederation of Medical Mycology Centre of Excellence (Diamond Status), Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust at Wythenshawe Hospital and Honorary Professor in Medical Mycology, University of Manchester, UK.

Member: Management and Steering Group, UK Clinical Mycology Network

President: Institute of Specialist Surveyors and Engineers


The Mycology Reference Centre offers a highly specialised diagnostic service primarily serving Manchester, north of England and Scotland but also receives daily referrals from throughout the UK and beyond. We provide a wide range of specialised mycological tests and have a considerable research and development portfolio. The Mycology Reference Centre Manchester is a well-established, UKAS/ISO-accredited service providing an integrated conventional and molecular diagnostic service. The Centre was the first laboratory in the world to be accredited by the European Confederation of Medical Mycology as a Centre of Excellence in Clinical and Laboratory Mycology.

The laboratory is an integral part of The Manchester Fungal Infection Groups (MFIGs) which unifies NHS services and University of Manchester research and teaching functions, creating one of the leading centres for medical mycology in Europe. The Manchester Fungal Infection network is made up of 120 NHS doctors, Clinical Scientists, nurses and University of Manchester researchers. The MRCM laboratories are well equipped with a full range of analytical and automated platforms and enjoy the support of infectious diseases and respiratory clinical teams. The MRCM is a EUCAST Antifungal Susceptibility Testing Collaborative Laboratory and an European Fungal PCR Initiative Collaborative Centre.  The MRCM aims to continue to deliver a patient-focussed service with an international reputation and be a premier supplier of mycology diagnostics in the NHS. We are implementing ambitious plans for modernising and improving service delivery.



Malcolm Richardson is the Director of the Mycology Reference Centre, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust at Wythenshawe Hospital and an honorary Professor of Medical Mycology at the University of Manchester. In 2017 the Mycology Reference Centre became the first European Confederation of Medical Mycology Centre of Excellence (Diamond Status). Malcolm Richardson is an elected Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists and the Royal Society of Biology. His clinical and laboratory investigations have focused on the pathogenicity, diagnosis and epidemiology of superficial and systemic fungal infections. More recently he has applied his diagnostic experience to investigating the mycobiome of indoor environments using next generation sequencing.

He has published over 400 original articles, book chapters and reviews and is the author or editor of seventeen mycological textbooks and handbooks, many of which have been translated, including Fungal Infection in the Compromised Patient (1982, 1991), Slide Atlas of Fungal Infection (1985), Medical Mycology - A Practical Approach (1989), Medical Mycology: A Practical Guide (1991), Fungal Infection: Diagnosis and Management (1993, 1997, 2003, 2012), Therapeutic Guidelines in Systemic Fungal Infection (1998, 2001, 2003, 2007), The Pocket Guide to Fungal infection (2000, 2006), Fast Facts: Superficial Fungal Infections (2000), Fungal Infection and Critical Care Medicine (2008) and Illustrative Cases in Medical Mycology iBook (2016). His h-index is 61. Malcolm Richardson is a frequent speaker and session chair at major international conferences in the fields of clinical microbiology, infectious diseases, and medical mycology. From 2008 to 2014 Malcolm Richardson was the Editor-in-Chief of Critical Reviews in Microbiology. Current editorial activities include being Reviews Editor for Medical Mycology. Malcolm Richardson was President of the International Society of Human and Animal Mycology (ISHAM), 2015 - 2018 and currently is the President of the Institute of Specialist Surveyors and Engineers (2013 - ).  He is a senior advisor for the Global Action Fund for Fungal Infections (GAFFI) whose vision is to reduce illness and deaths associated with fungal disease worldwide.


 PhD, FRSB, FINstSSE, FRCPath, FECMM Academy

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

The Royal College of Pathologists and the Institute of Biology. 

Institute of Specialist Surveyors and Engineers.

International Society for Human and Animal Mycology

British Society for Medical Mycology

European Society for Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases

American Society for Microbiology

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