Imperial College London

Dr David T Riglar

Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Infectious Disease

Sir Henry Dale Research Fellow (ARF)



+44 (0)20 7594 1427d.riglar




104Sir Alexander Fleming BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





The microbes that live in our guts, together known as the gut microbiota, are essential for maintaining our health. Changes to the make-up and function of this microbiota have been associated with a wide range of important diseases including inflammatory bowel disease, colorectal cancer, diabetes and neurodevelopmental disorders. 

Because of the intimate relationship they have with their surroundings, our microbes offer an exciting opportunity to better understand the gut and to diagnose, monitor and treat disease in the clinic.

The Riglar lab uses a combination of synthetic biology, imaging and sequencing based approaches to better understand the function of the gut and its microbiota during health and disease. We use this knowledge to develop innovative technologies, such as living engineered probiotics, to probe and control the gut environment.

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Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Riglar DT, Richmond DL, Potvin-Trottier L, et al., 2019, Bacterial variability in the mammalian gut captured by a single-cell synthetic oscillator, Nature Communications, Vol:10

Ziesack M, Gibson T, Oliver JKW, et al., 2019, Engineered Interspecies Amino Acid Cross-Feeding Increases Population Evenness in a Synthetic Bacterial Consortium, Msystems, Vol:4, ISSN:2379-5077

Naydich AD, Nangle SN, Bues JJ, et al., 2019, Synthetic Gene Circuits Enable Systems-Level Biosensor Trigger Discovery at the Host-Microbe Interface., Msystems, Vol:4, ISSN:2379-5077

Riglar DT, Silver PA, 2018, Engineering bacteria for diagnostic and therapeutic applications, Nature Reviews Microbiology, Vol:16, ISSN:1740-1526, Pages:214-225

Riglar DT, Giessen TW, Baym M, et al., 2017, Engineered bacteria can function in the mammalian gut long-term as live diagnostics of inflammation, Nature Biotechnology, Vol:35, ISSN:1087-0156, Pages:653-658

Riglar DT, Whitehead L, Cowman AF, et al., 2016, Localization-based imaging of malarial antigens during red cell entry reaffirms role for AMA1 but not MTRAP in invasion, Journal of Cell Science, Vol:129, ISSN:1477-9137, Pages:228-242

Riglar DT, Rogers KL, Hanssen E, et al., 2013, Spatial association with PTEX complexes defines regions for effector export into <i>Plasmodium falciparum</i>-infected erythrocytes, Nature Communications, Vol:4, ISSN:2041-1723

Riglar DT, Richard D, Wilson DW, et al., 2011, Super-Resolution Dissection of Coordinated Events during Malaria Parasite Invasion of the Human Erythrocyte, Cell Host & Microbe, Vol:9, ISSN:1931-3128, Pages:9-20

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