Professor Peter JS Smith joined Southampton University in 2011 as the first Director of the new Institute for Life Sciences. The Institute has built up an impressive foundation for supporting interdisciplinary research on the part of students and staff across disciplines of medicine, health and biological sciences, with the physical sciences, mathematics and engineering. Professor Smith further directs two national networks, MyAge and FortisNet, and supports several regional medical and health initiatives. He was responsible for bringing the University of Southampton into the Rosalind Franklin Institute as a Founding Partner.
External roles and responsibilities
2011-present: Director. Institute for Life Sciences (IfLS), University of Southampton, UK.
2011-present: Professor of Life Sciences. School of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Environmental and Life Sciences, UoS.
2018-present: Rosalind Franklin Institute. Non-executive Director 2018 – 2021; Audit and Risk committee 2020 present; EPSRC Value for Money Committee 2021 - present.
2013-present: Visiting Fellow, Marine Biological Association, Plymouth, UK.
2008-2011: Director. Cellular Dynamics Program, Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), USA.
2008-2011: Adjunct Professor of Engineering (Research). Brown University, RI.
2002-2008: Director. Molecular Physiology Program, MBL, USA.
1999-2011: Senior Scientist, MBL, USA.
1996-2011: Director and Principal Investigator. NIH BioCurrents Research Center, MBL.
1994-1996: Director and PI. NIH Probe Facility, MBL.
1992-1993: Co-Director. NIH Probe Facility, MBL, USA. (With L. F. Jaffe).
1992-1999: Associate Scientist. MBL, USA.
1990-1991: Senior Scientific Officer and Lab. Leader. AFRC Laboratory of Molecular Signalling, Dept. of Zoology, University of Cambridge and the Babraham Research Institute, UK.
1987-1990: Higher Scientific Officer. AFRC Unit of Insect Neurophysiology and Pharmacology, Dept. of Zoology, University of Cambridge, UK.
1986-1991: Fellow and Director of Studies in Natural Sciences. Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, UK.
1985-1987: Leverhulme Research Fellow, University of Cambridge. Dept. of Zoology, Cambridge, UK.
1982-1984: Research Associate. University of Cambridge, Dept. of Zoology, Cambridge, UK (With J. E. Treherne).
1979-1982: Research Associate. University of Manchester, UK. (With D.M. Guthrie).
1991: MA Neurosciences. University of Cambridge, UK.
1976-1979: PhD Comparative Cardiovascular Physiology. University of Aberdeen, Scotland.
1972-1976: BSc Zoology (1st Class). University of Aberdeen, UK.