Chris Richards

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  • Associate Professor
  • Analytical
  • Biological
  • Chemistry
  • Physical
209 Chemistry-Physics Building
Research Interests:

Ph.D. Georgia Institute of Technology 2005-2009
Postdoctoral Fellow California Institute of Technology 2009-2012


We are an interdisciplinary group that integrates nanotechnology, neuroscience, and biophysics.

For more information, please visit the Richards Group website.


We are an interdisciplinary group that integrates nanotechnology, neuroscience, and biophysical chemistry.  A major component of our research is the development of single-molecule fluorescence imaging techniques that allow us to isolate individual membrane receptors. These studies primarily focus on the interaction of fluorophores with plasmonic metal structures to enhance the emission from fluorescently labeled proteins.  We use these techniques to understand how modifications in membrane receptor trafficking and assembly alters neuronal function and is involved in the mechanisms of neurodegenerative diseases and addiction.

Graduate Training

Biophysical Chemistry Neuroscience

PubMed Publications*: 
  • Aryal, SP ;Fu, X ;Sandin, JN ;Neupane, KR ;Lakes, JE ;Grady, ME ;Richards, CI "Nicotine induces morphological and functional changes in astrocytes via nicotinic receptor activity." Glia 69, 8 (2021): 2037-2053. Details. Full text
  • Murach, KA ;Peck, BD ;Policastro, RA ;Vechetti, IJ ;Van Pelt, DW ;Dungan, CM ;Denes, LT ;Fu, X ;Brightwell, CR ;Zentner, GE ;Dupont-Versteegden, EE ;Richards, CI ;Smith, JJ ;Fry, CS ;McCarthy, JJ ;Peterson, CA "Early satellite cell communication creates a permissive environment for long-term muscle growth." iScience 24, 4 (2021): 102372. Details. Full text
  • Lakes, JE ;Richards, CI ;Flythe, MD "Inhibition of Bacteroidetes and Firmicutes by select phytochemicals." Anaerobe 61, (2020): 102145. Details. Full text
  • Fu, X ;Sompol, P ;Brandon, JA ;Norris, CM ;Wilkop, T ;Johnson, LA ;Richards, CI "<i>In Vivo</i> Single-Molecule Detection of Nanoparticles for Multiphoton Fluorescence Correlation Spectroscopy to Quantify Cerebral Blood Flow." Nano letters 20, 8 (2020): 6135-6141. Details. Full text
  • Chen, J.;Wang, S.;Zhang, Z.;Richards, CI ;Xu, R "Heat shock protein 47 (HSP47) binds to discoidin domain-containing receptor 2 (DDR2) and regulates its protein stability." The Journal of biological chemistry 294, 45 (2019): 16846-16854. Details. Full text
  • Snell, AA ;Neupane, KR ;Fu, X ;Moonschi, FH ;Caudill, EB ;Kolesar, J ;Richards, CI "Cell-Derived Vesicles for in Vitro and in Vivo Targeted Therapeutic Delivery." ACS omega 4, 7 (2019): 12657-12664. Details.
  • Fu, X ;Moonschi, FH ;Fox-Loe, AM ;Snell, AA ;Hopkins, DM ;Avelar, AJ ;Henderson, BJ ;Pauly, JR ;Richards, CI "Brain Region Specific Single-Molecule Fluorescence Imaging." Analytical chemistry 91, 15 (2019): 10125-10131. Details. Full text
  • Sun, Y ;Heidary, DK ;Zhang, Z.;Richards, CI ;Glazer, EC "Bacterial Cytological Profiling Reveals the Mechanism of Action of Anticancer Metal Complexes." Molecular pharmaceutics 15, 8 (2018): 3404-3416. Details. Full text
  • Moonschi, FH ;Fox-Loe, AM ;Fu, X ;Richards, CI "Mammalian Cell-derived Vesicles for the Isolation of Organelle Specific Transmembrane Proteins to Conduct Single Molecule Studies." Bio-protocol 8, 9 (2018): Details.
  • Moonschi, FH ;Hughes, CB ;Mussman, GM ;Fowlkes, JL ;Richards, CI ;Popescu, I "Advances in micro- and nanotechnologies for the GLP-1-based therapy and imaging of pancreatic beta-cells." Acta diabetologica 55, 5 (2018): 405-418. Details. Full text
  • Zhang, Z.;Baksh, MM ;Finn, MG ;Heidary, DK ;Richards, CI "Direct Measurement of Trafficking of the Cystic Fibrosis Transmembrane Conductance Regulator to the Cell Surface and Binding to a Chemical Chaperone." Biochemistry 56, 1 (2017): 240-249. Details. Full text
  • Fox-Loe, AM ;Moonschi, FH ;Richards, CI "Organelle-specific single-molecule imaging of α4β2 nicotinic receptors reveals the effect of nicotine on receptor assembly and cell-surface trafficking." The Journal of biological chemistry 292, 51 (2017): 21159-21169. Details. Full text
  • Martin, WE ;Ge, N ;Srijanto, BR ;Furnish, E ;Collier, CP ;Trinkle, CA ;Richards, CI "Real-Time Sensing of Single-Ligand Delivery with Nanoaperture-Integrated Microfluidic Devices." ACS omega 2, 7 (2017): 3858-3867. Details. Full text
  • Fox-Loe, AM ;Henderson, BJ ;Richards, CI "Utilizing pHluorin-tagged Receptors to Monitor Subcellular Localization and Trafficking." Journal of visualized experiments : JoVE 121 (2017): Details. Full text
  • Martin, WE ;Srijanto, BR ;Collier, CP ;Vosch, T ;Richards, CI "A Comparison of Single-Molecule Emission in Aluminum and Gold Zero-Mode Waveguides." The journal of physical chemistry. A 120, 34 (2016): 6719-27. Details. Full text
  • Fox, AM ;Moonschi, FH ;Richards, CI "The nicotine metabolite, cotinine, alters the assembly and trafficking of a subset of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors." The Journal of biological chemistry 290, 40 (2015): 24403-12. Details. Full text
  • Wieskopf, JS ;Mathur, J ;Limapichat, W ;Post, MR ;Al-Qazzaz, M ;Sorge, RE ;Martin, LJ ;Zaykin, DV ;Smith, SB ;Freitas, K ;Austin, JS ;Dai, F ;Zhang, J.;Marcovitz, J ;Tuttle, AH ;Slepian, PM ;Clarke, S ;Drenan, RM ;Janes, J ;Sharari, Al ;Segall, SK ;Aasvang, EK ;Lai, W ;Bittner, R ;Richards, CI ;Slade, GD ;Kehlet, H ;Walker, J.;Maskos, U ;Changeux, JP ;Devor, M ;Maixner, W ;Diatchenko, L ;Belfer, I ;Dougherty, DA ;Su, AI ;Lummis, SC ;Damaj, Imad ;Lester, HA ;Patapoutian, A ;Mogil, JS "The nicotinic α6 subunit gene determines variability in chronic pain sensitivity via cross-inhibition of P2X2/3 receptors." Science translational medicine 7, 287 (2015): 287ra72. Details. Full text
  • Nichols, WA ;Henderson, BJ ;Yu, C ;Parker, RL ;Richards, CI ;Lester, HA ;Miwa, JM "Lynx1 shifts α4β2 nicotinic receptor subunit stoichiometry by affecting assembly in the endoplasmic reticulum." The Journal of biological chemistry 289, 45 (2014): 31423-32. Details. Full text
  • Srinivasan, R ;Henderson, BJ ;Lester, HA ;Richards, CI "Pharmacological chaperoning of nAChRs: a therapeutic target for Parkinson's disease." Pharmacological research 83, (2014): 20-9. Details. Full text
  • Zhang, Z.;Heidary, DK ;Richards, CI "High resolution measurement of membrane receptor endocytosis." Journal of biological methods 5, 4 (0): e105. Details.
  • Murach, KA ;IJ, Vechetti ;Van Pelt, DW ;Crow, SE ;Dungan, CM ;Figueiredo, VC ;Kosmac, K ;Fu, X ;Richards, CI ;Fry, CS ;McCarthy, JJ ;Peterson, CA "Fusion-Independent Satellite Cell Communication to Muscle Fibers During Load-Induced Hypertrophy." Function (Oxford, England) 1, 1 (0): zqaa009. Details.
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