Professor Ian Smyth
Associate Dean (Research and Research Infrastructure)
Professor Ian Smyth was appointed to the role of Associate Dean, Research and Research Infrastructure, for the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences in May 2021. The role supports the development and implementation of the Faculty's research strategy, with an emphasis on researcher development and our extensive network of Research Platforms.
He was awarded his PhD from the University of Queensland in 1999 and undertook postdoctoral training as a Welcome Trust Traveling Research Fellow at the MRC Human Genetics Unit (Edinburgh) and Baylor College of Medicine (Houston). After a short period in London as an LRI Fellow at Cancer Research UK he returned to Australia in 2006 as an NHMRC RD Wright Fellow to establish his own laboratory in Melbourne.
Professor Ian Smyth joined Monash in 2006 after postdoctoral roles in the UK and US. He brings a wealth of research and advisory experience to the role. His research team at Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute (BDI) focuses on kidney disease and how genetic and environmental factors influence the development and function of the organ. His lab group focuses on disruptions to normal kidney development using in vivo models, with the work aimed at developing new treatments for kidney disorders. He is a member of the Phenomics Australia Scientific Leadership Committee and currently serves as Director of the Monash Genome Modification Platform and Monash Functional Genomics and Chair of the Steering Committee for the Clayton node of Monash Micro Imaging.
Professor Ian Smyth is an NHMRC Senior Research Fellow, Co-Head of the Development and Stem Cell Program of the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute and Deputy Head (Research) of the Department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology.
His recent research studies include the application of imaging and image analysis to provide insights into branching morphogenesis during organ development.