Erica Davis, PhD

Dr. Davis obtained her Doctorate degree in Molecular Genetics from University of Liège (Belgium) in 2005. She was a Postdoctoral fellow in the Institute of Genetic Medicine at Johns Hopkins University from 2005-2009 and completed her postdoctoral work in the Department of Cell Biology at Duke University from 2009-2010.

Dr. Davis, was an aspiring veterinarian starting from early childhood. Halfway through her undergraduate studies in Animal Science, she shifted her career goals to merge a large animal livestock background with another topic that always fascinated her: genetics. This took her to Belgium to study sheep genetics under the mentorship of Michel Georges to investigate the molecular basis of the ovine callipyge locus. After obtaining her PhD, Dr. Davis returned stateside to continue as an academic researcher, but to apply her skillset toward understanding the genetic architecture of a different specie: humans, particularly those with rare pediatric genetic conditions.

Dr. Davis had her first faculty appointment at Duke University (from 2010-2019), bridging clinical and basic science departments with appointments in Pediatrics (Division of Neonatology) and Cell Biology, respectively. Her research program stems from the knowledge and toolkit gained from her postdoctoral work on the ciliopathies and follows research threads in understanding the architecture of rare pediatric disorders impacting development of the brain, face, kidney, and heart using zebrafish, mouse, and cell-based assays. In 2019, she became an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and has a faculty appointment in the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

She is a strong advocate for families with rare human genetic disorders; she takes pride in mentorship of students and postdocs; and is an avid proponent for collaborative multidisciplinary research wherein the whole is greater than the sum of the individual parts.

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