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Victoria Derbyshire, Ph.D.
Dr. Victoria Derbyshire joined the Wadsworth Center in 1992 after completing postdoctoral studies at Yale University, where she received her doctorate in molecular biophysics and biochemistry in 1990. As a research affiliate and then research scientist in the Division of Genetic Disorders, Dr. Derbyshire pursued National Institutes of Health supported studies of introns and inteins, genetic elements that interrupt coding sequences. She holds a patent, along with others, on the use of inteins to purify proteins. In addition to her research activities, Dr. Derbyshire spearheaded the consistent and consolidated review of validation data for laboratory developed molecular assays for infectious diseases, and standardized their submission guidelines for review by the Clinical Laboratory Evaluation Program (CLEP).
Dr. Derbyshire was appointed in 2006 as Wadsworth's assistant director assuming responsibility for issues with broad impact on the Center's public health mission. She applied her analytical and problem-solving skills to negotiations with a commercial supplier of cell lines and strains essential to Wadsworth's research programs. She also involved herself with matters that affect numerous individuals at Wadsworth, from the implementation of a requirement for laptop encryption, to the revision of the Peer Review Board guidelines, to establishing links with organizations that assist new scientific recruits in settling into the community.
With her appointment in 2014 as Wadsworth's deputy director, she is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Center. The Wadsworth Center is a complex scientific organization that requires a well-functioning infrastructure to ensure that employees can work safely, securely and effectively in a technology-intensive environment. In a time of great change for the Wadsworth Center, Dr. Derbyshire's role is pivotal in maintaining open lines of communication and making sure that all the pieces of the puzzle work well together.