About me

Some Blonde Scientist I Dr Georgia Atkin-Smith

 After growing up in rural Victoria, moving to Melbourne in 2011 marked the beginning of my scientific career. I completed my Bachelor of Biotechnology and Cell Biology with first class Honours in 2014 at La Trobe University. Shortly after, I began my PhD in Biochemistry and Immunology under the supervision of A/Prof Ivan Poon and Prof Mark Hulett at the La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science. My PhD project investigated how dying monocytes (key white blood cells of the immune system) undergo a dramatic dance of death to generate small fragments, a process called apoptotic cell disassembly.  At the conclusion of my PhD in 2019, my research uncovered key regulators of this process, its role in homeostasis and infectious disease, and developed novel methods we can now use to study the cell death process.

Currently, I am a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research and La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science working with A/Prof Edwin Hawkins and A/Prof Ivan Poon. By using the latest and greatest technologies and pre-clinical models, my research aims to to further dissect our understanding of cell death during the progression and treatments of cancer.

In addition to my research, I am a passionate science communicator and advocate of women in STEM. I believe all scientists have a responsibility to communicate what we do, and communicate it honestly. The world is what it is today because of science and we need the next generation to know just how life-changing being a scientist can be.


Vic Young Achievers Award Finalist & Aus Biochemist article


I am absolutely thrilled to be nominated as one of four finalists for the Victorian Young Achievers Award (Leadership Category) for my leadership in research and science communication. Before the official awards night in September, YOU can show your support through voting in the 'Public's Choice Award' - just follow the link below!

Click here to cast your vote in the Public's Choice Award!

With our recent publication in Cell Reports, we were also invited by the Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology to feature in their magazine, The Australian Biochemist, as a 'Publication with Impact'!

Check out the latest issue and our article here! (page 10)

Stay tuned for more news and thank you for your support,



Email: G.Atkin-Smith@latrobe.edu.au

La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science, Melbourne, Victoria 3083, Australia