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Cynthia Davis, Ph.D.

Professor of Biology



Dartmouth College Ph.D. in Biology
Dissertation topic “The Cloning and Characterization of Genes involved in Amino Acid Metabolism in Neurospora crassa”

Marquette University M.S. in Biochemistry
Thesis Title: “Characterization of Proteins Associated with hnRNA and mRNA in Adenovirus infected HeLa cells”

Eastern Nazarene College B.S., Biology


About Dr. Davis

I love science and learning about the world and how everything fits together but it is not my only passion. I have a wonderful husband and two children. We enjoy biking together, exploring the museums in Rochester, and snuggling on our couch and watching movies. I have finished 6 scrapbooks for various family members and am currently working on my daughters who will graduate from high school in one year. In addition to scrapbooking, I love to read murder mysteries just for fun. Finally, because God’s word and what we can learn from it is so vital to our walk with Him, I have the privilege of leading the children and teen bible quizzing programs at my local church. It is a tossup who learns more; but we have fun in the process!

Professional Affiliations

Genetics Society of America

The American Society for Cell Biology

Research Interests

Saccharomyces cerevisiae (also known as brewers or bakers yeast) and the gene Slk19. We are studying the proteins functioning in the pathway responsible for correct segregation of chromosomes during meiosis.


Cynthia R. Davis, Tamara J. Richman, Steven B. Deliduka, Jeffery O. Blaisdell, Cheryl C. Collins, and Douglas I Johnson 1998. Analysis of the Mechanism of Action of Saccharomyces cerevisiae Dominant Lethal cdc42G12Vand Dominant Negativ cdc42D118AMutations Journal of Biol.Chem. 273(2):849-858

Cynthia R. Davis, Mark A. McPeek, C Robertson McClung 1995. Molecular Characterization of the proline-1 (pro-1) locus of Neurospora crassa, which encodes ∆1-pyrroline-5-carboxylate reductase. Mol. Gen. Genetics 248:341-350.

Cynthia R. Davis, Robert R. Kempainen, Michael S. Srodes and C. Robertson McClung 1994. Correlation of the Physical and Genetic Maps of the Centromeric Region of the Right Arm of Linkage Group III of Neurospora crassa. Genetics 136:1297-1306.

C. Robertson McClung, Cynthia R. Davis, Karen M. Page, and Sylvia Denome 1992 Characterizaton of the Format (for) Locus, Which Encodes the Cytosolic Serine Hydroxymethyltransferase of Neurospora crassa. Molec. Cell. Biology 12(4):1412-1421.