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Lab members

Current lab members

Smith Lab, June 2016

Laura patching


Laura Schuhmacher (BBSRC DTP PhD Student). Laura completed her undergraduate and master studies in Molecular Biosciences at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, before coming to Cambridge on the BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership scheme. She joined the lab in 2013 and is comparing the structure, function and expression of pH-sensing proteins between mice and naked-mole rats in order to better understand their role in hypercapnia





Sin Lih Tan (Cambridge International Trust/Yousef Jameel PhD Student). Sin Lih studied Biomedical Science at the University of Sheffield before starting her PhD in 2013. She is working on the synergistic effect of P2X4 and P2X7 receptors in lysosome function.












Dr Zoé Husson (EMBO Long Term Fellowship Postdoctoral Scientist). Zoe was awarded her PhD in 2014 from the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, where she studied the neurophysiology of inhibitory neurones in the mouse cerebellum. Joining the lab in 2015, Zoé’s post-doctoral project focuses on investigating mechanisms of neuronal hypoxia tolerance in naked mole-rats.






Dr Gerard Callejo (Arthritis Research UK Postdoctoral Scientist). Gerard read Biology and Biochemistry in the Autonomous University of Barcelona, before completing his PhD in Neuroscience in 2015 also at the University of Barcelona, which focused on understanding the role of acid-sensing ion channels in inflammation and ocular pain. He joined the lab in March 2016 and his project is to further understanding of the molecular mechanisms underlying pain perception in rheumatoid arthritis.










Dr Jim Hockley (Postdoctoral Scientist). Jim holds a Master of Biochemistry degree from the University of Bath and completed his PhD on voltage gated sodium channel NaV1.9 in visceral nociception at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London. He worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Neuroscience and Pain Research Unit in Pfizer before joining the lab in 2016. His current project uses a variety of techniques to understand the molecular constituents of visceral nociception in the gastrointestinal tract.










Lab occasions

Celebrating Zoé being awarded an EMBO Long Term Fellowship



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Punting with the JAS and RML labs


Lab alumni





Jonny Raby, Physiological Society Studentship, 2013