Richard Collins, Ph.D.


University of Toronto
Medical Sciences Building, Rm. 4280
1 King's College Circle
Toronto, ON, M5S 1A8

Phone #: 416-978-3541

Web Site:


RNA and mitochondria


Postdoctoral Fellow:  St. Louis University
Ph.D.:  University of Regina
B.Sc.:  University of Regina

Fields of Interest:

  • Cellular and Molecular Structure and Function
  • Functional Genomics and Proteomics


Research Interests:

 We are interested in RNA and mitochondria, especially a natually-occurring Neurospora mitochondrial plasmid that encodes a catalytic RNA called the VS ribozyme. We are currently studying how such plasmids move between mitochondria, and whether they may be useful as vectors for genetic transformation of mitochondria.