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David A. Davis, Ph.D.

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HIV and AIDS Malignancy Branch
Retroviral Disease Section
Staff Scientist
Center for Cancer Research
National Cancer Institute
Building 10, Room 10S255
Bethesda, MD 20876


Masters of Science, Biochemistry-University of Vermont 1987
PhD, Biochemistry-Purdue University 1992
PostDoc 1992-1995, NHLBI, NIH
Staff Scientist-1996-present


I have been a Staff Scientist in the National Cancer Institute, NIH in the HIV and AIDS Malignancy Branch (HAMB) since 1996. I currently oversee the laboratory projects carried out by PostBacs and the post docs in the lab as well as carry out my own research. Our lab has been extensively studying the role of hypoxia and hypoxia response elements in human herpesvirus 8 (also known as KSHV) activation as it relates to malignancies associated with AIDS. We also study the role of the HIV-1 protease in the HIV-1 viral life cycle and work on protease inhibitor/drug development. I specialize in protein biochemistry, enzymology, oxidative stress and RP-HPLC mass spectrometry. Current projects involve the development of dimerization inhibitors of the HIV-1 protease and the role of oxidative stress in HHV-8 life cycle. Like many scientists I am also an amateur musician, singer, songwriter.

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