William B. Davis

Washington State University, USA


William B. Davis was born in Springfield, Mo, USA, in 1971. In 1994, he completed the BS degree in chemistry, physics, and mathematics at the Drury University (Springfield, Mo, USA) and was a Barry M. Goldwater Scholar from 1992 to 1994. In 1999, Davis received his PhD degree in chemistry from the Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill, USA). His research on the theoretical and experimental analysis of molecular electronics based on organic molecules was carried out under the supervision of Drs. Mark A. Ratner and Michael R. Wasielewski. In 1999, he moved to the Technical University of Munich (Munich, Germany) to be an Alexander von Humboldt's Scholar in the laboratory of Professor Maria Michel-Beyerle. In Professor Michel-Beyerle's lab, Davis studied the dynamics of charge transport in nucleic acids, including peptide nucleic acids, and DNA. In 2001, Davis became an Assistant Professor of biochemistry/biophysics in the School of Molecular Biosciences (SMB) at the Washington State University (Pullman, Wash, USA), and he was promoted to Associate Professor in 2007. Davis’s current research interests revolve around understanding the dynamics of DNA damage and repair in chromatin. Davis's particular areas of interest include (1) DNA charge transport in DNA-protein complexes such as the nucleosome core particles, (2) the molecular pathways that lead to the formation and repair of oxidative DNA-protein crosslinks, and (3) the dynamics of DNA repair in budding yeast. Davis is currently the Associate Director for undergraduate studies in SMB and Codirector of the SMB STARS B.S. to Ph.D. degrees' fast-track training program.

Biography Updated on 5 December 2011

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