Dr. Smith is Professsor Head of the Department of Medicine at the University of Cambridge and a consultant Nephrologist and Clinical Immunologist. He is also Deputy Director of the Division of Medicine at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, a Fellow of Pembroke College, and is the Khoo Oon Teik Professor of Nephrology, National University of Singapore. His research focuses on basic immunological mechanisms, and how defects in regulatory control of the immune system can lead to autoimmunity and alter defense against infection, and translational research in autoimmune disease which has led to the discovery of a novel prognosis-predicting biomarker now entering clinical trials, and the identification of genes involved in disease pathogenesis.
Ken studied medicine at the University of Melbourne, and completed a BMedSc in the Nuffield Department of Surgery in Oxford. He trained in nephrology with an interest in autoimmune disease at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, and then completed pathology training specializing in clinical immunology. His PhD (with David Tarlinton and Gus Nossal at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute) examined aspects of B cell immunology, work built upon in two years working with Douglas Fearon in Cambridge. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, and a winner of the Lister Institute Research Prize.