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Hi and welcome to my user page. First things first: I love seeing my images used, if you want to use any of my images for any purpose just email me (richardwheeler[at]outlook[dot]com) or leave me a message on my talk page to sort it out... In general my images can be freely used and modified so long as you freely share the result and give credit to me; these are the kind rights GNU Free Documentation License or Creative Commons licenses (see the individual images for details) give you. Feel free to check with me if you have any questions though.

These licenses do not cover all uses though, in some cases you need additional permission from me:

  • For academic and non-profit work; In general a reference to me (Zephyris (Richard Wheeler)) and the English language Wikipedia is sufficient. It would also be good to include a link to the image page in question.
  • For for-profit usage; please get in touch with me for permission. I normally ask for a reference and a link as mentioned above, but I do suggest a donation to me and/or Wikipedia.
  • If you are interested in commissioning an image please get in touch with me at

Also please don't hesitate to make suggestions on any of my illustrations or any alterations you would like to see.


For more illustrations by me see my gallery.
For more photos by me see my photo gallery
For more micrographs by me see my micrograph gallery
For more videos and animations by me see my animations gallery and my video gallery

Real world me[edit]

I am a 37 year old from Burghfield Common which is near Reading, Berkshire, England. I have a bit of a collection of degrees: a bachelor's degree in natural sciences and a master's degree in biochemistry, both from the University of Cambridge, and a PhD in infection, immunology and translational medicine from Oxford University. I am now a professional research scientist and hold a Sir Henry Wellcome Fellowship from the Welcome Trust and currently work in Dresden at the Max Planck Society Institute for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics

My primary academic interests are biochemistry, molecular biology and physics. My current research focus is on the function of cell shape, particularly thinking about the Leishmania parasite and how it adapts to different hosts. Other interests include music (both listening and performing, I play trumpet and piano to about grade 8 standard), photography and graphic design. I also have a bit of a passion for open source software and primarily use open source programs like the GIMP, blender and inkscape for my contributions. I also heavily contribute graphics to OpenTTD.

I also spend far too much time on Wikipedia...

Some Websites[edit]

I have a personal illustration portfolio and science website, have a look around...

You can find me at these places too!



  • Dushek O, Aleksic M, Wheeler RJ, Zhang H, Cordoba SP, Peng YC, Chen JL, Cerundolo V, Dong T, Coombs D, van der Merwe PA (2011). "Antigen potency and maximal efficacy reveal a mechanism of efficient T cell activation". Sci Signal. 4 (176): ra39. doi:10.1126/scisignal.2001430. PMID 21653229. {{cite journal}}: Unknown parameter |month= ignored (help)CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  • Wheeler RJ, Gluenz E, Gull K (2011). "The cell cycle of Leishmania: morphogenetic events and their implications for parasite biology". Mol Microbiol. 79 (3): 647–62. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2958.2010.07479. PMID 21255109. {{cite journal}}: Unknown parameter |month= ignored (help)CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  • Wheeler RJ (2010). "The trypanolytic factor-mechanism, impacts and applications". Trends Parasitol. 26 (9): 457–64. doi:10.1016/ PMID 20646962. {{cite journal}}: Unknown parameter |month= ignored (help)
  • Vaughan S, Kohl L, Ngai I, Wheeler RJ, Gull K (2008). "A repetitive protein essential for the flagellum attachment zone filament structure and function in Trypanosoma brucei". Protist. 159 (1): 127–36. doi:10.1016/j.protis.2007.08.005. PMID 17945531. {{cite journal}}: Unknown parameter |month= ignored (help)CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)


The DNA Barnstar
Thank you for all your biology-related work at Wikipedia including editing of articles such as Trypanosoma brucei and the uploading of images such as Trypanosomatid Cellular Forms. Thanks for your work on PCR-related articles, Mating of yeast, Transposon-related articles, various RNA and DNA-related articles.....and all your other edits.
This DNA Barnstar, is meant to be "a good thing" and hopefully to contribute to motivation in support of your future Wikipedia contributions. --JWSchmidt 22:44, 30 July 2006 (UTC)
The Editor's Barnstar
For all you hard work in improving Biological value. I, Quadzilla99, award you this barnstar. Thanks so much for your contributions. --Quadzilla99 13:59, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
The Graphic Designer's Barnstar
Well done! The compression ratio correction truly makes this a gif worthy of being featured. I'm a little disappointed that I've lost an FP in the process, but as they say all good things must come to end... At any rate, for you work to enhance and replace the old gif, and your swift correction of the compression ration, I hereby award you The Graphic Designer's Barnstar. Outstanding effort, and keep up the good work! TomStar81 (Talk) 22:19, 29 August 2010 (UTC)