Mark M. Davis: American molecular biologist, Professor at Stanford University (1952-)
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Mark M. Davis
American molecular biologist, Professor at Stanford University

Mark M. Davis

Mark M. Davis
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Intro American molecular biologist, Professor at Stanford University
A.K.A. Mark Morris Davis, Mark Davis
Is Biologist Physician Scientist Molecular biologist Immunologist Educator
From United States of America
Field Academia Biology Healthcare Science
Gender male
Birth 27 November 1952
Age 70 years
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Mark Morris Davis (born 27 November 1952) ForMemRS is Director and Avery Family Professor of Immunology in the Institute for Immunity, Transplantation and Infection at Stanford University.


Davis was educated at Johns Hopkins University and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) where he was awarded a PhD in 1981 for research supervised by Edward B. Lewis.


Davis well known for identifying the first T-cell receptor genes, which are responsible for T lymphocytes ability to “see” foreign entities, solving a major mystery in immunology at that time. He and his research group have made many subsequent discoveries about this type of molecule, subsequently, specifically concerning its biochemical properties and other characteristics, including the demonstration that T cells are able to detect and respond to even a single molecule of their ligand-fragments of antigens bound to Major Histocompatibility Complex cell surface molecules. He also developed a novel way of labeling specific T lymphocytes according to the molecules that they recognize, and this procedure is now an important method in many clinical and basic studies of T cell activity, from new vaccines against cancer to identifying “rogue” T cells in autoimmunity. In recent years his has increasingly focused on understanding the human immune system, from developing broad systems biology approaches to inventing new methods to help unravel the complexities of T cell responses to cancer, autoimmunity and infectious diseases.

Awards and honors

Davis has won numerous awards including:

  • Passano Young Scientist Award together with James Edward Rothman in 1985
  • Eli Lilly and Company Research Award in 1986
  • Howard Taylor Ricketts Award in 1987
  • Gairdner Foundation International Award in 1989
  • Elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences in 1993
  • King Faisal International Prize in 1995
  • Alfred P. Sloan, Jr. Prize together with Tak W. Mak in 1996
  • Membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2000
  • William B. Coley Award in 2000
  • Paul Ehrlich and Ludwig Darmstaedter Prize together with Tak Wah Mak in 2004
  • Elected a Foreign Member of the Royal Society (ForMemRS) in 2016

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