Fred P. Davis grew up in the American Midwest where he studied pharmacy and then found his way to the East and West coasts to study protein structure. Since landing in the Washington, D.C. area a decade ago, he has been studying how cell identity is encoded in the genome.

Research Statement

Dr. Davis’ research is driven by one central question: How does a single genome support the gene expression programs required for all the cell types in an adult animal. This question is especially exciting in the immune and nervous systems, which have many different kinds of cells. He uses genomic measurements and computation to address this question.


Purdue University
Pharm.D., 2001

Rockefeller University
Graduate courses, Mathematical & Computational Biology, 2001 - 2003.

University of California, San Francisco
Ph.D., Biophysics, 2007


Staff Scientist
NIAMS, National Institutes of Health, 2015 – present.

Research Specialist
Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Janelia Research Campus, 2014 - 2015

Postdoctoral Fellow
Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Janelia Research Campus, 2007 - 2013

Last Updated: September 2017