School of Biomedical, Nutritional and Sport Sciences

Staff Profiles

Dr Debra Bevitt

Head of School of Biomedical Sciences



BSc Biochemistry & Microbiology, University of Sheffield, 1987

PhD Biochemistry, University of Cambridge, 1992


Previous positions

Molecular Biologist, Novocastra Laboratories, 1992-1994

Research Associate, Virology Department, Newcastle University, 1994-2000

Senior Research Associate, Musculoskeletal Research Group, 2000-2006



Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy

Fellow of Society of Biology 



Head of School 

Academic lead, e-assessment and feedback steering group (UTLSEC) 

Reward and Recognition Steering group (FMS rep)




Research Background

Research background in molecular virology and turnover of extracellular matrix. Expertise in molecular biology and recombinant protein expression.

Pedagogic Research Interests 

Attendance monitoring as a trigger for pastoral support; learning gain; alternative final year projects; distraction by social media 



As Head of School of Biomedical sciences I lead the management of the undergraduate degree programmes run in the school and teach on a range of modules, including:

CMB1004 Cell Biology - cell signalling

CMB1003 Microbiology and immunology - virology

BGM2012 Clinical Immunology & Viral pathogens - viral pathogens (module leader)

BMS3010  Genetics of common disease - genetics of infectious disease

CMB3001 Research design project - supervisor

I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and participate regularly in conferences and workshops relating to higher education and pedagogy.