Professor Deborah Smith

Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research, University of York

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, with a particular focus on the leishmaniases.

Deborah was Head of the Biology Department at York before appointment as Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research in 2014, with responsibility for research strategy and policy across the University. She sits on the University Executive Board, the University Council and is York lead for Athena-Swan activities.  Externally, Deborah has chaired the Medical Research Council Infection and Immunity Board and the Wellcome Trust Science Interview panel, and is currently chair of the Academic Advisory group of the World Universities Network.  She is also a member of the Wellcome Trust/Royal Society Sir Henry Dale Fellowships committee and the Council of Research England. She has participated extensively in evaluation of international research, working for organisations including Genome Canada, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Institut Pasteur and FCT Portugal.  Deborah was awarded an OBE for Services to Biomedical Sciences in 2010.

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