Wendy Inglis Humphrey

Chief Operating Officer (Digital and Respiratory Research)

  • Usher Institute
  • College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine

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Usher Institute - University of Edinburgh
Old Medical School
Teviot Place

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Dr Wendy Inglis Humphrey is Chief Operating Officer for a Digital and Respiratory Research Portfolio in the Usher Institute at the University of Edinburgh. She works with Professor Sir Aziz Sheikh and Professor Hilary Pinnock to facilitate the effective delivery of research, which includes the use of near real time health data to transform the delivery of care. She is operational lead for the HDR UK Inflammation and Immunity Driver Programme and provides guidance to the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research (AUKCAR) on strategic forward planning. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Wendy masterminded all planning and resourcing across the portfolio to ensure that the team of data analysts could deliver answers quickly and contribute vital intelligence to public health surveillance matters.

Allergy & Respiratory Research Group

HDR UK Inflammation and Immunity Programme

Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research


Scottish Allergy and Respiratory Academy

Wendy is a Biological Sciences graduate from the University of Cambridge and obtained her PhD in Neuroscience from the University of St Andrews. Following postdoctoral research supported by a Wellcome Trust Prize Travelling Research Fellowship at Dalhousie University (Canada), Harvard Medical School and the University of Cambridge, she chose to leave lab work to pursue a career in the management of research and innovation.

Prior to joining the Usher Institute, Wendy was Project Manager for the Scottish Genomes Partnership, a nationally important collaboration between Scottish Universities, NHS Scotland and Genomics England. She has also been a Medical Research Council Programme Manager and Head of UK Partnerships for the innovation foundation Nesta, as well as leading Scotland- and UK-wide innovation, economic development and entrepreneurship projects in a freelance capacity.