Dr James Smith

Dr James Smith


Dr James Smith joined the Chemistry & Biochemistry Section in the School of FS&N in September 2016 as a Lecturer in Biochemistry (in Metabolic & Biophysical Modelling). Previously, he was an MRC Senior Investigator Scientist at the MRC Human Nutrition Research Elsie Widdowson Laboratory, Cambridge.


  • PGT Tutor & PGT Admissions
  • Programme Lead for BSc(Hons) &MSci Food Science & Nutrition

Research interests

James Smith’s research focuses on aspects of computer-aided drug design. He has a particular interest in molecular recognition questions involving in ligand-protein and protein-protein interactions in signalling and metabolic pathways.

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  • PhD Computer-aided Drug Design (Cantab)
  • BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences (University of Leicester)

Professional memberships

  • Society for Mathematical Biology
  • Quantitative Systems Pharmacology Network
  • British Biophysical Society
  • Society for Natural Sciences (UK)
  • British Pharmacological Society (London)
  • Biochemical Society (London)
  • Nutrition Society (London)

Student education

Dr James Smith supervises PhD students and Early Career Researchers. He is enthusiastic to receive enquiries about PhD opportunuities or enquiries from postdoctoral researchers interested in making fellowship applications in his research group. Please enquire by email, attaching a CV and with  information on the deadlines for particular funding calls to apply to. Final year undergraduates or Masters students are also invited if to discuss potential future projects. Previous members of the group have been funded by the Rank Prize Funds, Wellcome Trust (London), DEFRA(UK Gov), UKRI EPSRC & BBSRC and the EU. International applicants have applied to the Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP), Diabetes UK, Royal Society and São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) for funding.  

Current postgraduate researchers

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