Dr. Richard Paul received his Bachelor’s degree in Zoology from Oxford University and then a Masters degree in Medical, Veterinary and Agricultural Entomology at Imperial College, London before completing a PhD in the Molecular Epidemiology of Plasmodium falciparum malaria at Oxford University. Following a post-doc at Institut Pasteur, he was recruited as a permanent staff scientist. He was expatriated to Pasteur Dakar to lead an epidemiological study of the human reservoir of infection with malaria parasites and then led a project on the Public Health assessment of a hydroelectric dam in Laos.

Since 2010 he has focused on urban vector-borne diseases, namely dengue, and the socio-economic, demographic and environmental factors associated with risk to enable targeted intervention. Concomitantly he has been trialing novel mosquito control methods for use in the urban setting. He has taught a course in Kyoto University on Public Health since 2015. Since 2020 he has expanded his research domain into the environmental impact on tick species distribution and the epidemiology of tick-borne pathogens.