Professor Richard Oreffo

Professor of Musculoskeletal Science, University of Southampton


Richard Oreffo is Professor of Musculoskeletal Science and co-founder/Director of the Centre for Human Development, Stem Cells and Regeneration at the University of Southampton. Richard leads a multidisciplinary research group focused on developing strategies to repair bone and cartilage using stem cell technology and innovative scaffolds for orthopaedic application and on understanding bone development; with translation a key personal driver.

To achieve these goals, he has brought together and developed teams of clinicians/life scientists over the last twenty years and has trained 45 MD/PhD students to completion, to date. He has published widely (>290 peer-reviewed papers –H index 67; >15,750 citations ISI WoS autumn 2019) including breakthrough publications on skeletal stem cells and nanotopography, bone regeneration as well as epigenetics. Richard led the group together with Smith and Nephew (Orthobiologics) that was awarded in December 2010, the Medical and Healthcare Sector of the Engineer Technology and Innovation Awards 2010 and the overall Engineer Grand prix award 2010. Richard holds 6 patents and is founder / CSO of Renovos Biologics Limited. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Biology and in 2015 was awarded a Doctor of Science degree by the University of Oxford and, elected a Fellow of International Orthopaedic Research (FIOR) in 2019.