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Mark Davis, PhD

Mark Davis, PhD

Burt and Marion Avery Family Professor of Immunology; Director of the Institute for Immunity, Transplantation and Infection; Chair of the Department of Microbiology & Immunology

Biography

Dr. Davis is the Burt and Marion Avery Family Professor of Immunology; Director of the Institute for Immunity, Transplantation and Infection; and Chair of the Department of Microbiology & Immunology at Stanford University School of Medicine. He is an Investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. His research focuses on how T and B lymphocytes recognize specific antigens. This interest includes the structural and biochemical underpinnings of T cell receptor binding and signal transduction and the dynamics of molecular movement at the T cell/antigen-presenting cell interface. He is also interested in the unique challenges of (and solutions to) studying the human immune system, particularly in the context of infectious diseases and vaccination strategies.

Education & Training

  • 1974: The Johns Hopkins University, BA
  • 1981: Caltech, PhD

Awards & Honors

  • 2004: Elected member, Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science; Paul Ehrlich and Ludwig Darmstaedter Prize
  • 2003: Ernst W. Bertner Memorial Award, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • 2002: Rose Payne Award, American Society for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics
  • 2000: Pius XI Award, Pontificial Academy of Sciences; Elected Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences; William B. Coley Award for Distinguished Research in Basic and Tumor Immunology, Cancer Research Institute
  • 1998: Novartis Prize for Basic Immunology
  • 1996: Alfred P. Sloan Prize from the General Motors Cancer Research Foundation
  • 1995: The King Faisal International Prize in Medicine
  • 1993: Elected Member, National Academy of Sciences
  • 1989: Gairdner Foundation International Award
  • 1988: The Howard Taylor Ricketts Award, The University of Chicago
  • 1986: Kayden Award from the New York Academy of Sciences; Eli Lilly Award in Microbiology and Immunology
  • 1985: The Passano Foundation Young Scientist Award
  • 1981: Milton and Frances Clauser Doctoral Prize, California Institute of Technology
  • 1980: Intra-Science Research Foundation Award

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