Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise)
Professor Dean joined University of Brighton in August 2016 and has overall responsibility for all research and enterprise activities. Professor Dean was born and raised in Iran and came to the UK aged 16 to continue her studies. She received a BSc in Biological Chemistry from the University of Essex and completed her PhD in 1999 in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from King’s College London. Tara then joined the Paediatric Allergy and Clinical Immunology Unit at the National Heart and Lung Institute, London, as a postdoctoral researcher.
In 1991, she moved to the University of Southampton to establish her own research team in the field of Asthma and Allergy and conducted and published her groundbreaking research in the area of peanut allergy. In 1996, she joined the late David Hide to establish the internationally-recognised Asthma and Allergy Research Centre on the Isle of Wight and completed her training in Epidemiology in the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. During her time at the Allergy Centre she led on a number of seminal cohort studies focusing on epidemiological aspects of asthma and allergy and also took up Directorship of the Department of Health-funded Research and Development Support Unit for South East Hampshire and Isle of Wight.
In 2000, she joined the newly-formed School of Postgraduate Medicine at the University of Portsmouth, securing her Chair in Health Sciences in 2007. She has held a number of leadership roles at School, Faculty and University level at Portsmouth. Between 2011-2014, she was Dean of Research and led on the Research Excellence Framework (REF) submission for the institution. In 2015, she became Dean of the Faculty of Science.
She has, over the years, raised over £12m for her research, has been returned to every research assessment exercise since 1996. She is passionate about promoting women in STEM and mentors a number of female STEM academics at universities in the UK. She was shortlisted for Mentor of the Year at Women of the Future Awards in 2015.