Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia

Staff Profile

Dr Daniel Smith

Lecturer (Non-Clinical)



I am a quantitative life scientist predominantly interested in fitting statistical models to data and design of experiments. After completing my university education in the UK (BSc, Lancaster; MSc, Nottingham; PhD, Leicester), I was Assistant Professor at The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus before returning to the UK as Research Fellow (Leeds) and then Teaching Fellow (Nottingham). I was appointed Lecturer at Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia (NUMed) in August 2015 and am involved in teaching statistical methods to Foundation, Biomedical Science and Medical students as well as being actively involved in research. I run external courses on statistics / statistical programming for biomedical and life scientists in Malaysia and have many years experience using the R Environment for Statistical Computing.


2016: PG Cert. - Medical Education (Distinction) - Newcastle University, UK

2010: PhD - University of Leicester, UK

2005: MSc - Biosciences - University of Nottingham, UK

2003: BSc (Hons.) - Biological Sciences - Lancaster University

Previous Employment

2012 - 2015: Teaching Fellow - University of Nottingham, UK

2012: Research Fellow - University of Leeds, UK

2009-2011: Assistant Professor, University of Nottingham, Malaysia


I am predominantly interested in fitting statistical models to biological data, and design of experiments. For my PhD and post-doctoral research this centred on environmental (soil CO2 emissions) and agricultural (crop-climate modelling) applications respectively. Since my appointment at NUMed in Aug 2015, my research focus has shifted to medically related topics e.g. risk factors for oral cancer, autonomic dysfunction and chronic fatigue, and the effect of stress on learning approaches of medical students. I have many years experience using the R Environment for Statistical Computing.


Biomedical Sciences (BMS)

BMN2 Lecture 2. Introduction to Databases

BMN1008 Practical Skills in Biomedical and Biomolecular Sciences 2, Strand A: Computing

BMN2005 Practical Skills in Biomedical and Bimolecular Sciences 3, Strand D: Statistics

BMN2013 Practical and Presentational Skills in Biomedical Sciences

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)

PDS Patients, Doctors and Society

Foundation in Science

N1516-BBF0005. Foundation Mathematics and Statistics: Statistics Strand


  • Goodson ML, Smith DR, Thomson PJ. Efficacy of oral brush biopsy in potentially malignant disorder management. Journal of Oral Pathology and Medicine 2017, 46(10), 896-901.
  • Thomson PJ, Goodson ML, Smith DR. Profiling Cancer Risk in Oral Potentially Malignant Disorders - A Patient Cohort Study. Journal of Oral Pathology & Medicine 2017, 46(10), 888-895.
  • Thomson PJ, Goodson ML, Smith DR. Treatment resistance in potentially malignant disorders - 'Nature' or 'Nurture'…?. Journal of Oral Pathology and Medicine 2017, 46(10), 902-910.
  • Challinor AJ, Watson J, Lobell DB, Howden SM, Smith DR, Chhetri N. A meta-analysis of crop yield under climate change and adaptation. Nature Climate Change 2014, 4, 287-291.
  • IPCC Working Group II. Chapter 7: Food Security and Food Production Systems. In: Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability. Part A: Global and Sectoral Aspects. Contribution of Working Group II to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Cambridge, UK and New York, NY, USA: Cambridge Univeristy Press, 2014, pp.485-533.
  • Vermeulen SJ, Challinor AJ, Thornton PK, Campbell BM, Eriyagama N, Vervoort J, Kinyangi J, Nicklin K, Hawkins E, Jarvis A, Ramirez-Villegas J, Smith DR. Addressing uncertainty in adaptation planning for agriculture. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 2013, 110(21), 8357-8362.
  • Smith DR, Townsend TJ, Choy AWK, Hardy ICW, Sjogersten S. Short-term soil carbon sink potential of oil palm plantations. Global Change Biology Bioenergy 2012, 4, 588-596.
  • Smith DR, Hardy ICW, Gammell MP. Power rangers: no improvement in the statistical power of analyses published in Animal Behaviour. Animal Behaviour 2011, 81, 347-352.
  • Maqbool M, Ali A, Ramachandran S, Smith DR, Alderson PG. Control of postharvest anthracnose of banana using a new edible composite coating. Crop Protection 2010, 29, 1136-1141.
  • Smith DR, Kaduk JD, Balzter H, Wooster MJ, Mottram GN, Hartley G, Lynham TJ, Studens J, Curry J, Stocks BJ. Soil surface CO2 flux increases with successional time in a fire scar chronosequence of Canadian boreal jack pine forest. Biogeosciences 2010, 7, 1375–1381.