Professor Chris Proud

Professor Chris Proud has held positions as lecturer, reader or professor in universities in the UK, Germany and Canada.

At the University of Dundee (Scotland), alongside his duties as Head of the Division of Molecular Physiology, he also coordinated the Medical Research Council Nutrient Sensing & Signalling Research Group.

From 2005-2008, he was Head of the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, Canada, where he continued his research into the molecular mechanisms that regulate protein synthesis. He also served as co-Director of that University’s Life Sciences Institute.

Chris worked at the University of Southampton from 2008 – 2014 where he led a substantial research team studying the mechanisms that control protein synthesis and ribosome biogenesis. He studied their roles in metabolic diseases such as diabetes, in cancer, in cardiovascular disorders, and in neurological processes.

He has supervised more than forty MSc or PhD students and about fifty postdoctoral researchers.

In September 2014 Chris moved to Adelaide to take up the position of Theme Leader: Nutrition and Metabolism at the SAHMRI.

Chris is also an affiliate Professor in Molecular and Biomedical Science at the University of Adelaide.

Chris is a member of the Editorial Boards of the Biochemical Journal and f1000 Research. He holds a Visiting Professorship at China Ocean University in Qingdao.

His research at SAHMRI includes studies on the regulation of protein synthesis nutrients and hormones; cancer cell biology; and the molecular mechanisms involved in diet-induced inflammation, insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. Much of this research focuses on protein kinases that control the protein synthesis machinery, i.e., mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR), eukaryotic elongation factor 2 kinase (eEF2K) and the MAP kinase-interacting kinases (MNKs).

Since 2016, he has also been Director of the Hopwood Centre for Neurobiology (formally the Lysosomal Diseases Research Unit) at SAHMRI (the HCN)


He has authored almost 300 research papers, review articles and book chapters and has a current ‘h-index’ of 90.

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