Richard Payne


Richard joined Carpmaels & Ransford in September 2018 as a Trainee Patent Attorney in the Life Sciences practice group. He graduated from Pembroke College, University of Oxford with a first class Master’s degree in Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, specialising in bionanotechnology, cancer biology and plant metabolism. Following this, Richard moved to the John Innes Centre to pursue a PhD in plant metabolic engineering.

During his PhD Richard used virus induced gene silencing and metabolomics of the medicinal plant Catharanthus roseus, to discover enzymes and membrane transport proteins involved in the biosynthesis of the anti-cancer compound vinblastine. This work has contributed to six peer-reviewed publications, and the research has been presented at international conferences.

Richard has most recently conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Oxford, focussing on the structural elucidation and functional characterisation of membrane transport proteins using artificial liposomes. During his time back at Oxford he was also involved with undergraduate tutoring and practical demonstration.

Outside of the office Richard enjoys reading, travelling and running the occasional half marathon.


  • European Patent Attorney
  • MBiochem (University of Oxford)
  • PhD (John Innes Centre, University of East Anglia)