Richard Anthony Collins (born 18 February, 1966) is a British scientist.
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Richard A Collins was born in Singapore, where his father was a member of the Royal Air Force. The family returned to the UK shortly after his birth. Collins underwent his secondary education in Grimsby, England before going on to study at the University of Dundee where he obtained a Bachelor of Science (Honours) Biochemistry degree in 1988 and a Master of Science degree in Analytical Biochemistry in 1990.
He obtained his PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Edinburgh in 1994. He did post-doctoral research on natural products with anti-viral properties in the USA and Hong Kong. He has published numerous peer reviewed scientific articles on his work in the areas of HIV-1 inhibition,
 and novel nucleic acid based diagnostics for avian influenza, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), and foot-and-mouth disease.
Collins is a member of several professional scientific organisations, notably a Chartered Chemist and Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (CChem, FRSC), a Chartered Biologist and Fellow of the Institute of Biology (CBiol, FIBiol) and a Fellow of the Institute of Biomedical Science (FIBMS).
- ^ Collins, RA; Ng TB, Fong WP, Wan CC, Yeung HW (1997). "A comparison of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 inhibition by partially purified aqueous extracts of Chinese medicinal herbs". Life Sciences 60 (23): 345-251.
- ^ Collins, RA; Ng TB, (1997). "Polysaccharopeptide from Coriolus versicolor has potential for use against human immunodeficiency virus type 1 infection.". Life Sciences 60 (25): 383-387.
- ^ Collins, RA; Au TK, Lam TL, Ng TB, Fong WP, Wan DC (April 14 2000). "The plant ribosome inactivating proteins luffin and saporin are potent inhibitors of HIV-1 integrase.". FEBS Letters 471 (2-3): 169-172.
- ^ Collins, RA; Ko LS, So KL, Ellis T, Lau LT, Yu AC (May 16 2002). "Detection of highly pathogenic and low pathogenic avian influenza subtype H5 (Eurasian lineage) using NASBA.". Journal of Virological Methods 103 (2): 213-225.
- ^ Collins, RA; Ko LS, Fung KY, Chan KY, Xing J, Lau LT, Yu AC (January 10 2003). "Rapid and sensitive detection of avian influenza virus subtype H7 using NASBA.". Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications 300 (2): 507-515.
- ^ Collins, RA; Ko LS, Collins RA, Wu Z, Chen J, Chan KY, Xing J, Lau LT, Yu AC (March 7 2003). "Comparison of nucleic acid-based detection of avian influenza H5N1 with virus isolation.". Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications 302 (2): 377-383.
- ^ Collins, RA; Ko LS, So KL, Ellis T, Lau LT, Yu AC (2003). "A NASBA method to detect high- and low-pathogenicity H5 avian influenza viruses". Avian Diseases (3 Suppl): 1069-1074.
- ^ Collins, RA; Lau LT, Banks J, Aherne R, Brown IH, Dillon N, Chan KY, Fung YW, Xing J, Yu AC (January 9 2004). "Nucleic acid sequence-based amplification methods to detect avian influenza virus". Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications 313 (2): 336-342.
- ^ Collins, RA; Lau LT, Fung YW, Wong FP, Lin SS, Wang CR, Li HL, Dillon N, Tam JS, Chan PK, Wang CG, Yu AC (December 26 2003). "A real-time PCR for SARS-coronavirus incorporating target gene pre-amplification". Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications 312 (4): 1290-1296.
- ^ Collins, RA; Ko LS, Fung KY, Lau LT, Xing J, Yu AC (September 20 2002). "A method to detect major serotypes of foot-and-mouth disease virus". Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications 297 (2): 267-274.
- ^ Collins, RA; Feng Q, Chen X, Ma O, Liu Y, Ding M, Ko LS, Xing J, Lau LT, Yu AC, Chen J (March 21 2003). "Serotype and VP1 gene sequence of a foot-and-mouth disease virus from Hong Kong (2002)". Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications 302 (4): 712-721.
- ^ Collins, RA; Chen X, Feng Q, Wu Z, Liu Y, Huang K, Shi R, Chen S, Lu W, Ding M, Fung YW, Lau LT, Yu AC, Chen J. (September 5 2003). "RNA-dependent RNA polymerase gene sequence from foot-and-mouth disease virus in Hong Kong". Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications 308 (4): 899-905.