Daniel M. Davis

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Daniel Michael Davis (born 1970) is Head of Life Sciences and Professor of Immunology at Imperial College London.[1] Davis was previously Professor of Immunology at the University of Manchester.[2] He is the author of The Secret Body, The Beautiful Cure and The Compatibility Gene. His research, using microscopy to study immune cell biology has helped understand how immune cells interact with each other. He co-discovered the immunological synapse and membrane nanotubes.[3]

Davis has a doctorate in physics from Strathclyde University. He was professor of molecular immunology at Imperial College and director of research at the University of Manchester's collaborative centre for inflammation research.[4][5] Davis is a recognised as an expert in the field by the Nature journal of immunology.[6][7]


Working with Jack Strominger at Harvard University, Davis showed structured immune synapses for the Natural Killer cell.[8] Davis also co-discovered membrane nanotubes, novel subcellular structures that allow trafficking of molecules and organelles between cells, and are exploited by pathogens.[9]


  1. ^ "Professor Daniel Davis". Imperial College London. October 5, 2006. Retrieved September 16, 2022.
  2. ^ "Daniel M Davis, University of Manchester".
  3. ^ Infarinato, Nicole (2018). "Dan Davis: Up close and personal with immune cells". Journal of Cell Biology. 217 (9): 2975–2976. doi:10.1083/jcb.201808060. PMC 6122991. PMID 30108126.
  4. ^ "Daniel M. Davis" (PDF). University of Manchester. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 March 2017. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  5. ^ "Professor Daniel Davis". Imperial College. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  6. ^ "Focus on Natural Killer Cells: Classics". Nature Immunology. 9 (5). 2008.
  7. ^ "Fellow Professor Daniel Davis". The Academy of Medical Sciences. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  8. ^ Davis DM, Chiu I, Fassett M, Cohen GB, Mandelboim O, Strominger JL (Dec 1999). "The human natural killer cell immune synapse". Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 96 (26): 15062–7. Bibcode:1999PNAS...9615062D. doi:10.1073/pnas.96.26.15062. PMC 24773. PMID 10611338.
  9. ^ Davis DM, Sowinski S (June 2008). "Membrane nanotubes: dynamic long-distance connections between animal cells". Nat. Rev. Mol. Cell Biol. 9 (6): 431–6. doi:10.1038/nrm2399. PMID 18431401. S2CID 8136865.

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