Valerie J Smith

Dr. Valerie J Smith 

Dr. Valerie J Smith
University of St Andrews

Val Smith is a Reader at the University of St Andrews, Scotland, specialising in the immunology and microbiology of marine and aquatic animals, especially decapod crustaceans and finfish. After gaining her PhD in 1978, she then took up a Lectureship in Marine Microbiology for London University from 1979-1988. As she was based at the University Marine Biological Station, Millport, Scotland, where she also held an Honorary Lectureship in microbiology for Glasgow University. She moved to St Andrews in 1989 and extended her research interests to innate immunity of fish, antibacterial peptides and the antibacterial activity of fatty acids from single celled eukaryotes.

She has been awarded numerous Visiting Professorships, including a Burroughs Wellcome Award for education on marine microbiology (1997) and a Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science Senior Visiting Professorship in 2009. She serves on the Editorial Board for Developmental and Comparative Immunology and Fish and Shellfish Immunology  (both Elsevier journals) and served as President of the International Society for Developmental and Comparative Immunology from 2006-2015. She has held several BBSRC and NERC grants during her career and is currently Lead PI on an aquaculture related BBSRC-funded research project on salmon immunity as well as coPI on two other BBSRC-Newton Fund International Consortium grants.