I received my PhD from the University of Otago medical school studying animal models of liver disease.  As a postdoctoral fellow at the NIH (Bethesda, MD) I pursued research to analyze the role of the gap junction protein connexin43 in regulating cell migration during embryonic development.  Later, as a staff scientist at the NIH I supervised cilia motility research utilizing nasal biopsies obtained from patients with heterotaxy and/or congenital heart disease.  As a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine I helped conduct/supervise a broad range of studies where a range of congenital heart disease associated genes were discovered, including the discovery of a significant correlation between cilia defects and the development of complex congenital heart disease.  I subsequently joined the Biomedical Imaging Facility at UNSW in Sydney to manage a range of core laboratories before moving to JCU where I’m pursuing research to better understand the mechanisms regulating motile cilia biology during health and disease.

Movie of normal mouse airway cilia (playback slowed)

 Current Honours/Masters/PhD projects:

 1)    The role of motile cilia in mucociliary clearance



  • BM3000: Advanced Projects in Biomedicine (Level 3; TSV)
  • BM5000: Advanced Projects in Biomedicine (Level 5; TSV)
  • MD2011: Integrated Human System Pathophysiology Part 1 of 2 (Level 2; TSV)
  • MD2012: Integrated Human System Pathophysiology Part 2 of 2 (Level 2; TSV)
  • PP2101: Medical Physiology 1 (Level 2; TSV)
  • PP2201: Medical Physiology 2 (Level 2; TSV)
  • PP3101: Advanced and Integrated Physiology (Level 3; TSV)
  • PP3251: Systemic Pathophysiology and Therapeutics (Level 3; TSV)
  • PP5101: Advanced and Integrated Physiology (Level 5; TSV)
  • PP5251: Systemic Pathophysiology and Therapeutics (Level 5; TSV)
  • Motile cilia biology
  • Respiratory cilia physiology
  • Left-right body patterning
  • Congenital heart disease
  • Development of active learning skills in undergraduate student teaching
  • Fostering of good research practice in undergraduate and postgraduate student research
  • 2019 to present - Lecturer, James Cook University (Townsville, Australia)
  • 2014 to 2018 - Research Associate, University of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia)
  • 2009 to 2014 - Research Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • 2008 to 2009 - Staff Scientist, National Institutes of Health (Bethesda, MD)
  • 2003 to 2008 - Postdoctoral Fellow, National Institutes of Health (Bethesda, MD)
  • 1998 to 2005 - PhD Student, University of Otago Medical School (Otago, NZ)
  • 1999 to 2003 - Teaching Fellow, University of Otago Medical School (Otago, NZ)
Research Disciplines
  • 2019 - Australian Physiological Society
  • 2008 - American Physiological Society
  • 2009 to 2014 - American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • 2009 to 2013 - Microscopy Society of America
  • 2004 to 2008 - American Society For Cell Biology
  • 1999 to 2003 - Physiological Society of New Zealand

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 17+ research outputs authored by Dr Richard Francis from 2014 onwards.


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