Kay Davies is the Dr Lee’s Professor of Anatomy in the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics at the University of Oxford. Her research interests lie in the molecular analysis and development of treatment for human genetic disease, particularly, Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) and neurological disorders.
She is Director of the MRC Functional Genomics Unit aimed at exploiting genome information for gene function analysis in the nervous system since 1999. She has published more than 350 papers and won numerous awards for her work. She is co-founder of Summit plc which aims to develop a therapy for DMD. She also has an interest in the ethical issues associated with genetics research. She is a founding fellow of the UK Academy of Medical Sciences and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2003.
Professor Davies has been a Governor of the Wellcome Trust since 2008 and was made Dame Commander of the British Empire for services to science in 2008.