Toxicology Award 2017 Winner

Professor Andrew Smith
Professor Andrew Smith
Medical Research Council Toxicology Unit, University of Leicester


Awarded for contributions to molecular and mechanistic toxicological research, education and strategic leadership on toxicological policy; with an emphasis on the pivotal role of chemistry


About the Winner

Professor Andy Smith is a senior scientist at the MRC Toxicology Unit, University of Leicester. He is also Director of the MRC Integrative Toxicology Training Partnership responsible for award and training of multidisciplinary PhD studentships in Toxicology across the UK. After a BSc in Biochemistry In Liverpool University and a PhD thesis on Marine sterol isolation and metabolism, Andy Smith spent post-doctoral periods in Glasgow chemistry department on Analytical and biochemical studies associated with human atheroma.  He then joined the MRC Toxicology Unit in London and later Leicester where he has been a programme leader and a section head. 

He has wide experience and collaboration in fundamental research and mechanistic toxicology with major interests that include the role and genetics of haem and iron in models of human diseases, pollutants such as dioxins and PCBs and the toxicity of chlorinated insecticides.  He was awarded a DSc from Glasgow in 2000. He has been chairman of the Royal Society of Chemistry's Toxicology Group and President of the Environment, Sustainability and Energy Division, a member of the UK Committee of Toxicity and is a member of the Expert Committee on Pesticides, as well as European Food Safety Authority Working Groups and Panel. He is an Editorial Board member of Toxicology Research.

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