Associate Professor, School of Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology
The University of Western Australia, Crawley, WA, Australia
Dr Jeremy Smith began his research career at The University of Western Australia, where he was awarded First Class Honours in 1998. He went on to complete his PhD – on the satiety hormone leptin and its role in reproduction– under the supervision of Professor Brendan Waddell and was awarded Distinction in 2004. In 2003, Dr Smith was awarded a NICHD U54 Cooperative Contraceptive Research Centers Fellowship (US) and began work as a post-doctoral researcher with Professor Robert Steiner at the University of Washington. Here, Jeremy worked extensively on kisspeptin, a novel neuropeptide, vital in the neuroendocrine control of GnRH secretion and reproductive function. In 2006, Dr Smith was awarded a NHMRC Biomedical (Peter Doherty) Fellowship and returned to Australia to work with Professor Iain Clarke at the Department of Physiology, Monash University. Jeremy has now returned to UWA to continue his work and is funded by the NHMRC, ARC and is a recipient of an ARC Future Fellowship.
Jeremy’s work represents an exciting new field of neuroendocrinology. The recent discovery of mice and humans lacking the receptor GPR54 and their infertile phenotype has sparked scientists to explore the actions of kisspeptin, the endogenous neuropeptide ligand for GPR54. Jeremy’s research hopes to provide significant advancement to our knowledge of kisspeptin and its critical role in stimulating GnRH release and fertilty.