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Mark Davis, PhD

Scientific Research Team:
Mark Davis, PhD

Mark Davis, PhD

Professor Mark Davis is Director of the Stanford Institute for Immunology, Transplantation and Infection (ITI) and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator.  Mark received his BA from Johns Hopkins University and his PhD in molecular biology from the California Institute of Technology.  He spent three years as a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institutes of Health before going to Stanford in 1983. He is well known for identification in the 1980s of the elusive T-Cell receptor genes and his group have made many subsequent discoveries about T-cell receptors and how they function, at both biochemically and on the surface of living cells.  Mark pioneered diagnostic assays for immune function, particularly with the development of peptide-MHC tetramers.  In the past ten years, he has focused on developing methods to advance our understanding of human immunology. Mark’s contributions to immunology have been recognized with many honors and awards, including his election to membership in the Royal Society of London, the National Academy of Sciences, and the National Academy of Medicine. In 2000-2001, he was the Newton-Abraham visiting Professor at Oxford.