Theresa A. Davies-Heerema, PhD

Assistant Professor, Medical Sciences & Education

Theresa Davies-Heerema
(617) 638-5242
72 E. Concord St Instructional (L)

Biography

Dr. Davies began her tenure at BUSM in the Department of Biochemistry over 30 years ago. After receiving her PhD, she was very active in the Department and went on to do research in the field of Alzheimer’s disease investigating the role of platelets and the blood brain barrier in amyloid deposition. More recently she has served as Assistant Director of the MA in Medical Sciences program, and now Director of the Oral Health Sciences program. She has been teaching in the Biochemistry course MD512/OH751 Dental Biochemistry for more than 18 years, is Co-Course Manager for GMS MS 640, Introduction to Biomedical Information and recently developed two new courses Evidence Based Dentistry and Fundamentals of Head and Neck Anatomy.

Recently Dr. Davies has helped to develop a novel mobil application in collaboration with the Department of Family Medine , the Alumni Medical Library, and the Virtual Integration Group on Evidence Based Medicine. The BUSM Finding Information Framework (BUSM FIF) app can be found in the app store.

Dr. Davies loves working with students, whether she’s teaching, mentoring or providing thesis help. She will be the first to tell you that the best part of her job is when a student attains one of their goals – in particular gaining acceptance to medical or dental school. Dr. Davies enjoys camping, reading, country music, Boston sports and the beach. She lives with her husband, Ron, and four children in Wayland.

Other Positions

  • Director, M.S. in Oral Health Sciences Program, Boston University School of Medicine, Division of Graduate Medical Sciences
  • Graduate Faculty (Primary Mentor of Grad Students), Boston University School of Medicine, Division of Graduate Medical Sciences

Education

  • Boston University School of Medicine, PhD
  • University of Virginia, BS

Classes Taught

  • MS 640
  • OH 685
  • OH 751
  • OH 770
  • OH 771

Publications

  • Published on 3/7/2015

    Davies TA, Leone C, Schreiber B. American Dental Educator Association. Admissions Criteria for Success in Credential-Enhancing Pre-Dental Masters Program. 2015.

  • Published on 1/11/2015

    Lui A, Davies TA*, Liu A, Flynn DB, Wiecha JM, Cohen-Osher M, Hoffman-Kleiner M* (*shared senior author). Novel Mobile Application to Promote Evidence-Based Medicine Decision-Making in Medical Education. Medical Science Educator. 2015; (1-2).

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  • Published on 9/1/2000

    Davies TA, Long HJ, Eisenhauer PB, Hastey R, Cribbs DH, Fine RE, Simons ER. Beta amyloid fragments derived from activated platelets deposit in cerebrovascular endothelium: usage of a novel blood brain barrier endothelial cell model system. Amyloid. 2000 Sep; 7(3):153-65. PMID: 11019856.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 6/15/2000

    Eisenhauer PB, Johnson RJ, Wells JM, Davies TA, Fine RE. Toxicity of various amyloid beta peptide species in cultured human blood-brain barrier endothelial cells: increased toxicity of dutch-type mutant. J Neurosci Res. 2000 Jun 15; 60(6):804-10. PMID: 10861793.

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  • Published on 5/1/1999

    Abraham CR, Marshall DC, Tibbles HE, Otto K, Long HJ, Billingslea AM, Hastey R, Johnson R, Fine RE, Smith SJ, Simons ER, Davies TA. Platelets and DAMI megakaryocytes possess beta-secretase-like activity. J Lab Clin Med. 1999 May; 133(5):507-15. PMID: 10235134.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 10/1/1998

    Davies TA, Billingslea AM, Long HJ, Tibbles H, Wells JM, Eisenhauer PB, Smith SJ, Cribbs DH, Fine RE, Simons ER. Brain endothelial cell enzymes cleave platelet-retained amyloid precursor protein. J Lab Clin Med. 1998 Oct; 132(4):341-50. PMID: 9794706.

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  • Published on 9/1/1998

    Simons ER, Marshall DC, Long HJ, Otto K, Billingslea A, Tibbles H, Wells J, Eisenhauer P, Fine RE, Cribbs DH, Davies TA, Abraham CR. Blood brain barrier endothelial cells express candidate amyloid precursor protein-cleaving secretases. Amyloid. 1998 Sep; 5(3):153-62. PMID: 9818052.

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  • Published on 7/1/1997

    Davies TA, Billingslea A, Johnson R, Greenberg S, Ortiz M, Long H, Sgro K, Tibbles H, Seetoo K, Rathbun W, Schonhorn J, Simons ER. Stimulus responses and amyloid precursor protein processing in DAMI megakaryocytes. J Lab Clin Med. 1997 Jul; 130(1):21-32. PMID: 9242363.

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  • Published on 3/1/1997

    Davies TA, Long HJ, Tibbles HE, Sgro KR, Wells JM, Rathbun WH, Seetoo KF, McMenamin ME, Smith SJ, Feldman RG, Levesque CA, Fine RE, Simons ER. Moderate and advanced Alzheimer's patients exhibit platelet activation differences. Neurobiol Aging. 1997 Mar-Apr; 18(2):155-62. PMID: 9258892.

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  • Published on 3/1/1997

    Davies TA, Long HJ, Sgro K, Rathbun WH, McMenamin ME, Seetoo K, Tibbles H, Billingslea AM, Fine RE, Fishman JB, Levesque CA, Smith SJ, Wells JM, Simons ER. Activated Alzheimer disease platelets retain more beta amyloid precursor protein. Neurobiol Aging. 1997 Mar-Apr; 18(2):147-53. PMID: 9258891.

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