Dr Jeremy Smith
Dr Jeremy Smith is a Senior Lecturer in Human Sciences at the University of Western Australia (UWA), specialising in the field of neuroendocrinology. Dr Smith was awarded his PhD in 2003 from UWA and was recruited by the University of Washington to undertake a post-doctoral position. Here, Jeremy worked extensively on kisspeptin, a novel neuropeptide, vital for the control of GnRH neurons and fertility. In 2006, he was awarded a NHMRC Biomedical (Peter Doherty) Fellowship and returned to Australia and Monash University. In 2010, he was a recipient of an ARC Future Fellowship and in 2012 returned to UWA to continue his work. Jeremy’s work represents an exciting new field of neuroendocrinology. The recent discovery of mice and humans lacking the kisspeptin receptor (GPR54) and their infertile and obese phenotype has sparked scientists to fully explore the actions of kisspeptin neurons.