Prof Ian Smyth

Professor Ian Smyth is an NHMRC Senior Research Fellow and Deputy Head of the Anatomy and Developmental Biology Department at Monash University.  His research interests centre on understanding the mechanisms which shape the differentiation of epithelial cells in the developing embryo, with a particular focus on the fetal kidney.  His group employs mouse genetics to identify and study novel factors which contribute to disease development in the organ.  He was awarded his PhD from the University of Queensland and undertook postdoctoral training as a Wellcome Trust Traveling Research Fellow at the MRC Human Genetics Unit (Edinburgh) and Baylor College of Medicine (Houston) and then as an LRI Fellow at Cancer Research UK in London.  He returned to Australia in 2006 as an NHMRC RD Wright Fellow to establish his own laboratory.