Kay Davies

Professor of Anatomy

MDUK Oxford Neuromuscular Centre.



Professor Dame Kay Davies is the Dr Lee's Professor of Anatomy and a co-Director of the MDUK Oxford Neuromuscular Centre. She is also Associate Head, Development, Impact and Equality, in the Medical Sciences Division at the University of Oxford. Her research interests cover the molecular analysis of neuromuscular and neurological disease, particular Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). She has an active interest in the ethical implications of genetics research and the public understanding of science. She was Director of the MRC Functional Genomics Unit from 1999-2017. She has considerable experience of biotechnology companies as a conduit for translating the results of experimental science into new therapeutics and diagnostics. She co-founder of Summit Therapeutics and Oxstem. She has published more than 400 papers and won numerous awards for her work. She is a founding editor of “Human Molecular Genetics” and a founding fellow of the UK Academy of Medical Sciences. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society and a Member of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO). She appointed a Governor of the Wellcome Trust in 2008 and was Deputy Chairman from 2013-17. She was made Dame Commander of the British Empire for services to science in 2008.