Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research
Deborah Smith trained as a biochemist at the University of Southampton and held post-doctoral fellowships at MRC Mill Hill, NIH Bethesda (USA) and Imperial College London before appointment to the academic staff of the Imperial Biochemistry Department. Following promotion to a Personal Chair and serving as Associate Head of Department and Chair of the Graduate School of Life Sciences and Medicine, Deborah moved to the University of York in 2004, as a founder member of the Centre for Immunology and Infection, thereby furthering her research interests in neglected tropical diseases. She has published over 120 research papers to date in this field, working with a range of national and international collaborators.
Deborah served as Head of the York Biology Department from 2010-2013, while also directing the University’s first Wellcome Trust Four Year PhD programme. She was appointed Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research on 1st January 2014. Externally to York, Deborah chaired the MRC Infections and Immunity Board (2007-2010), was a member of MRC Strategy Board and more recently, Co-Chair of the Wellcome Trust Science Funding Interview Panel (2011-2014). She has participated in research reviews for international organisations including Genome Canada, the Institut Pasteur Paris, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Copenhagen Research Forum, FCT Portugal and, most recently, the Canada First Research Excellence Fund. Deborah was awarded an OBE for Services to Biomedical Sciences in 2010.