Professor Deborah Smith

Professor Deborah Smith
Professor Deborah Smith

Professor Deborah Smith

Deborah Smith trained as a biochemist (BSc, PhD) at the University of Southampton and carried out post-doctoral research at MRC Mill Hill, NIH Bethesda (USA) and Imperial College London before joining the academic staff of the Imperial Biochemistry Department. She moved to the University of York in 2005 to establish the Centre for Immunology and Infection and further her research interests in neglected tropical diseases.

Deborah was Head of the Biology Department at York before appointment as Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research, with responsibility for research strategy and policy across the University. Externally, Deborah has chaired the MRC Infection and Immunity Board and been a member of MRC Strategy Board, co-chaired the Wellcome Trust Science Interview panel and is currently a member of the Wellcome Trust/Royal Society Sir Henry Dale Fellowships committee. She has participated in international research reviews for organisations including Genome Canada, the Institut Pasteur Paris, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and FCT Portugal. Deborah was awarded an OBE for Services to Biomedical Sciences in 2010.

Period of appointment: 2 years