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Deborah Smith

Special Advisor to the Vice-Chancellor (Research)


Biography in Brief

Deborah Smith trained as a biochemist (BSc, PhD) at the University of Southampton and carried out postdoctoral 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 leishmaniasis. 

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 a member of the Wellcome Trust/Royal Society Sir Henry Dale Fellowships committee and the Council of Research England. She has also 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. 

Register of Interests

 Register of Interests as at 1 November 2019

  • Royal Society/Wellcome Trust - Henry Dale Fellowships interview committee (remunerated)
  • Research England - Council member (remunerated)
  • Royal Society of Biology - Fellow
  • Higher Education Academy – Fellow
  • Richard Smith (MI) Limited - Company Secretary (non-remunerated)






2018-19 Expenses

Below are the travel costs and expenses for Professor Deborah Smith covering the period August 2018 to July 2019.

Deborah Smith expenses Aug 18 - Jul 19 (PDF , 131kb)

2016-17 Expenses

2015-16 expenses

Below are the travel and expenses for Professor Deborah Smith covering the period September 2015 to July 2016.

Debbie Smith expenses Sept 15 - Jan 16 (PDF , 5kb)

 Debbie Smith Expenses Feb-Apr 2016 (PDF , 98kb)

Debbie Smith Expenses May - July 2016 (PDF , 34kb)

Contact details

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