Professor Dame Kay Davies
Dr Lee's Professor of Anatomy; Director, MRC Functional Genomics Unit; Associate Head (Development, Impact and Equality) of the Medical Sciences Division; Fellow of Hertford College
Professor Davies researches the molecular analysis of human genetic disease, particularly the genetic basis of neuromuscular and neurological disorders. She first became interested in muscular dystrophy more than 20 years ago and many members of her research group are dedicated to finding effective treatments for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) and spinal muscular atrophy. She has an active interest in the ethical implications of her research and in the public understanding of science.
Dame Kay sits on a number of advisory panels and previously chaired the UK government's Advisory Committee on Genetic Modification.
- Human genome
- Muscular dystrophy
- Genetics screening
- A point mutation in TRPC3 causes abnormal Purkinje cell development and cerebellar ataxia in moonwalker mice (2009)
- Enhanced exon-skipping induced by U7 snRNA carrying a splicing silencer sequence: Promising tool for DMD therapy (2009)
- Interaction between environmental and genetic factors modulates schizophrenic endophenotypes in the Snap-25 mouse mutant blind-drunk (2009)
Professor Davies has extensive media experience in both print and broadcast.