Ewan St. John Smith


I am gay and I am a neurobiologist. //

I am a University Senior Lecturer in Pharmacology at the University of Cambridge, having previously lived and worked in New York City and Berlin. I run a research group focused on understanding neuronal mechanisms that drive chronic pain and everything that makes naked mole-rats so cool (cancer resistance, longevity etc.). I also lecture a variety of undergraduate courses for scientists and medicine/veterinary medicine students, mainly to do with different aspects of neuropharmacology. Cambridge has a College-based system and I am a Fellow of Corpus Christi College. At Corpus I carry out small group teaching in pharmacology, am a Director of Studies in Biology (academic guidance), work as a Tutor (a pastoral role) and am also the Custodian of the Corpus Chronophage Clock—a truly magnificent timepiece! Alongside my academic work, I really enjoy public engagement and outreach/widening participation activities, believing them to be a key part of being an academic scientist.