James Cuthbert Smith FRS

Smith’s internationally recognised research has focused on how cells of the very early vertebrate embryo form the specialised tissues of muscle, skin, blood and bone. Smith has served on the Councils of the Royal Society and the Academy of Medical Societies. He is also an Honorary Professor at UCL, an EMBO member and a member of the Academia Europaea. Jim has previously received many awards and prizes, including the Scientific Medal of the Zoological Society, the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) Medal and the Feldberg Foundation Award. For several years he was Editor-in-Chief of Development.

1954 Born on 31 December
1976 Graduated from Cambridge University
1979 PhD at Middlesex Hospital Medical School
1979-81 Postdoctoral position at Harvard Medical School
1981-84 Postdoctoral position at ICRF
1984 Joined the staff of NIMR
1991 Head of Division of Developmental Biology
1993 Fellow of the Royal Society
1996 Head of Genes and Cellular Controls Group at NIMR
1998 Founder Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences
2001 Professor of Developmental Biology, Cambridge.
     Director, Wellcome Trust/Cancer Research UK
     Gurdon Institute, Cambridge
2009 Became Director of NIMR
2013 Awarded the Waddington Medal by the British
     Society for Developmental Biology
2014 Deputy CEO of the Medical Research Council
James Smith
James Smith

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