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Acid sensing in physiological and pathophysiological states



Dr Ewan St. John Smith - Group leader

Fellow at Corpus Christi College
Tel: +44 1223 334 048/334006
Fax: +44 1223 334100

Lab members

(BBSRC DTP student)

Investigator biography:

Ewan St. John Smith grew up in West Sussex and studied locally before graduating with a pharmacology degree from the University of Bath. Subsequently he conducted his PhD in the laboratory of Peter McNaughton at the University of Cambridge. During this time he became interested in how sensory neurones are activated by acid, which lead to him conducting a postdoc in the laboratory of Gary Lewin in Berlin at the Max-Delbrück Centre for Molecular Medicine to examine the acid insensitivity of naked mole-rats, research that was funded by a research fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Pursuing interests in the evolution of chemosensing he then spent a year in the laboratory of Niels Ringstad at NYU School of Medicine, with a Max Kade Foundation fellowship, investigating how carbon dioxide activates sensory neurones in the nematode worm Caenorhabditis elegans.


neurobiology, nociception/pain, acid-sensing, ion channels

If you are interested in our research and are keen to do a PhD or postdoc in the lab then please contact Ewan