Kay Davies

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Dame Kay Davies
Kay Davies portrait 2008.jpg
Kay Davies in 2008
Born Kay Elizabeth Partridge
(1951-04-01)1 April 1951
England
Nationality British
Fields Biology
Institutions University of Oxford
Alma mater Somerville College;
Wolfson College, Oxford
Known for Duchenne muscular dystrophy research

Dame Kay Elizabeth Davies, DBE, FRS (b. 1 April 1951) is a British human geneticist.

She is the Dr Lee's Professor of Anatomy at Oxford University and a fellow of Hertford College. She is director of the MRC functional genetics unit, a governor of the Wellcome Trust and a director of the Oxford Centre for Gene Function. Her research group has an international reputation for work on Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). In the 1980s, she developed a test which allowed for the screening of foetuses whose mothers have a high risk of carrying DMD.[citation needed]

Early life[edit]

She was born as Kay Elizabeth Partridge and educated at the Gig Mill School, Stourbridge County High School for Girls, Somerville College, University of Oxford and Wolfson College, Oxford. [1]

Career[edit]

Davies' research group has an international reputation for work on Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). In the 1980s, she developed a test which allowed for the screening of foetuses whose mothers have a high risk of carrying DMD. DMD occurs when the dystrophin protein fails to express in muscle cells due to a mutation in the gene which codes for the protein. In 1989 Davies discovered that the utrophin protein has similar properties to dystrophin and has since shown in mouse models that up regulation of the former protein in muscle cells can compensate for the absence of latter.[citation needed]

Davies is currently collaborating with ERC fellow Dr Peter Oliver investigating neurodegenerative and movement disorders.[2]

Davies is director of the MRC functional genetics unit, a governor of the Wellcome Trust [3] and, with Frances Ashcroft and Peter Donnelly is a director of the Oxford Centre for Gene Function. She is an Executive Editor of the journal Human Molecular Genetics.[4]

Recognition[edit]

Davies was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2003. Already a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE), she was advanced to Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2008 New Year Honours.[1]

She is an Honorary Fellow, Somerville College, University of Oxford. She gave the inaugural Rose Lecture at Kingston University in 2012 and delivered the Harveian Oration at the Royal College of Physicians in 2013.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Davies continued to work with her former husband, Stephen G. Davies, on scientific projects, even after their separation in 2000. Their son is studying Biology at Edinburgh University.[6]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Who's who 2014. 2013. p. 576. ISBN 9781408181195. 
  2. ^ "Kay E Davies". www.mrcfgu.ox.ac.uk. MRC Functional Genomics. Retrieved 4 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Professor Dame Kay Davies CBE, FRS, FMedSci". Wellcome Trust. 
  4. ^ "Human Molecular Genetics Editorial Board". Oxford Journals. Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "Harveian Oration 2013". Royal College of Physicians. Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  6. ^ "Desert Island Discs with Kay Davies". Desert Island Discs. 2009-02-15. BBC. Radio 4. http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/factual/desertislanddiscs_20090215.shtml.

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