Austin Smith (biologist)
|Austin Gerard Smith|
Merseyside, United Kingdom 
|Institutions||University of Cambridge|
|Alma mater||University of Edinburgh|
|Doctoral advisor||Martin Hooper|
|Notable awards||Louis-Jeantet Prize for Medicine |
Austin Gerard Smith (born 1960) is a professor in the Department of Biochemistry and director of the Wellcome Trust Centre for Stem Cell Research at the University of Cambridge. He is notable for his pioneering work on the biology of embryonic stem cells.
Austin Smith obtained his doctoral degree from the University of Edinburgh in 1986. He then carried out postdoctoral research at the University of Oxford, before joining the Centre for Genome Research at the University of Edinburgh as a group leader. In 1996, he was appointed director of the Centre, which became the Institute for Stem Cell Research under his leadership. He remained as director of the Institute until his move to Cambridge in 2006.
In 2003, Smith was awarded an MRC Research Professorship and elected to the Royal Society of Edinburgh. And in 2006, was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society. In 2010, he was co-recipient of the Louis-Jeantet Prize for Medicine along with French cardiologist Michel Haissaguerre.
In February 2010, together with 13 other leading stem cell researchers, he wrote an open letter to journal editors to voice the opinion that obstructive reviews by a small number of researchers in the field were hindering publication of novel stem cell research. 
Austin Smith will be the director of the new Wellcome Trust-MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute at the University of Cambridge, which will be established with 8 million pounds ($12.5 million) awarded by the Wellcome Trust and Medical Research Council (UK) in 2012.
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- "New Safer Way Developed To Reprogram Stem Cells". Science Daily. 3 March 2009.
- "Stage set for world-leading stem cell research centre". Wellcome Trust. Retrieved 5 September 2012.
- "RSE Fellows as at 12/04/2011" (PDF). Royal Society of Edinburgh. Archived (PDF) from the original on 17 May 2011. Retrieved 26 April 2011.
- "Fellows". Royal Society. Archived from the original on 30 November 2010. Retrieved 4 December 2010.
- "Open letter to Senior Editors of peer-review journals publishing in the field of stem cell biology". Retrieved 5 September 2012.
- Ghosh, Pallab (2 February 2010). "Journal stem cell work 'blocked'". BBC News.
- "Cambridge Joins Harvard In Opening Stem-Cell Institute". Bloomberg News. 8 August 2012.
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