Dr. Keith Davis serves as the Director of the Johnson Center for Innovation and Translational Research (JCITR) and joined IU in July, 2014. Keith has twenty-eight years of broad-based academic and industry experience in developing and managing research programs in biotechnology that utilize functional genomics and systems biology approaches for target discovery and accelerating R & D. More recently, his research has been in the areas of plant-made pharmaceutical R&D and translational research in cancer biology where he focuses on the development of the soy-derived peptide lunasin as an anticancer agent. Keith utilizes his experience to enhance IUB faculty participation in translational research and increasing the commercialization of faculty research discoveries by collaborating with industry partners and establishing new companies.
Prior to joining the JCITR, Keith was the founding Executive Director of the Owensboro Cancer Research Program, a satellite program of the University of Louisville James Graham Brown Cancer focused on using plant-based systems for the development of biologics for infectious disease and cancer, and Professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology. From July 1999 to June 2005, Keith worked at Icoria, Inc. (formerly Paradigm Genetics, Inc.), a biotechnology located in Research Triangle Park that utilized systems biology platforms for large R&D projects in both the agricultural biotechnology and health sectors. Keith served as Vice President, Agricultural Biotechnology at Icoria from April 2002 to June 2005 and led the transition team after his business unit was acquired by Monsanto. Before joining Icoria, Keith was a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Plant Biology, the Ohio State University, where he also served as the Director of the campus-wide Plant Biotechnology Program.
Keith received a B.A. in Biology from Albion College, Albion, Michigan and a Ph.D. in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He completed his postdoctoral training in the Department of Molecular Biology at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Department of Genetics, Harvard Medical School.
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