Robert A Davey, PhD

Professor, Microbiology

Robert Davey
617.358.9166
620 Albany Street

Biography

Dr. Robert Davey, PhD is a currently a Professor of Microbiology at the Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Davey received his doctorate in Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Adelaide in Australia. He continued his training as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and then at the Division of Hematology, both with Dr. James Cunningham at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Davey’s first academic appointment was as an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard. He then held an Assistant Professor position which he got promoted to Adjunct Associate Professor at the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Texas Medical Branch.

Dr. Davey was also a Ewing Halsell Scholar and Scientist at the Department of Virology and Immunology at the Texas Biomedical Research Institute. As a Scientist at the Texas Biomedical Research Institute, Dr. Davey’s work was focused on identification of cellular factors important for establishing infection by filovirus and bunyaviruses. His work has culminated in a deeper understanding of the entry and cell signaling pathways that are used by these viruses to penetrate the cell membrane and establish infection. His work with Ebolavirus has been published in the high-impact journals PLoS Pathogens, PNAS and a new article on host factor dependence in Science that was featured on the cover page. Dr. Davey’s group works collaboratively with a number of groups providing sophisticated molecular biology and cell biology techniques for the study of pathogenic viruses including Ebolavirus for which the lab mainly works. He has developed high throughput screening techniques for Ebolavirus. He also performs contract work testing drugs and compounds for ebolavirus infection inhibition. His team is well trained in ABSL4 procedures and have been working with Ebolavirus since 2006.

From 2015-2017, Dr. Davey held the role of Interim Chair in the Department of Virology and Immunology at the Texas Biomedical Research Institute. He is also Director of ABSL4 at the Texas Biomedical Research Institute.

Other Positions

  • Faculty, National Emerging Infectious Disease Lab, Boston University
  • Graduate Faculty (Primary Mentor of Grad Students), Boston University School of Medicine, Graduate Medical Sciences
  • Member, Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research, Boston University School of Medicine

Publications

  • Published on 1/12/2021

    Keiser PT, Anantpadma M, Staples H, Carrion R, Davey RA. Automation of Infectious Focus Assay for Determination of Filovirus Titers and Direct Comparison to Plaque and TCID50 Assays. Microorganisms. 2021 Jan 12; 9(1). PMID: 33445537.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 1/7/2021

    Hekman RM, Hume AJ, Goel RK, Abo KM, Huang J, Blum BC, Werder RB, Suder EL, Paul I, Phanse S, Youssef A, Alysandratos KD, Padhorny D, Ojha S, Mora-Martin A, Kretov D, Ash PEA, Verma M, Zhao J, Patten JJ, Villacorta-Martin C, Bolzan D, Perea-Resa C, Bullitt E, Hinds A, Tilston-Lunel A, Varelas X, Farhangmehr S, Braunschweig U, Kwan JH, McComb M, Basu A, Saeed M, Perissi V, Burks EJ, Layne MD, Connor JH, Davey R, Cheng JX, Wolozin BL, Blencowe BJ, Wuchty S, Lyons SM, Kozakov D, Cifuentes D, Blower M, Kotton DN, Wilson AA, Mühlberger E, Emili A. Actionable Cytopathogenic Host Responses of Human Alveolar Type 2 Cells to SARS-CoV-2. Mol Cell. 2021 Jan 07; 81(1):212. PMID: 33417854.

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  • Published on 1/5/2021

    Gorgulla C, Padmanabha Das KM, Leigh KE, Cespugli M, Fischer PD, Wang ZF, Tesseyre G, Pandita S, Shnapir A, Calderaio A, Gechev M, Rose A, Lewis N, Hutcheson C, Yaffe E, Luxenburg R, Herce HD, Durmaz V, Halazonetis TD, Fackeldey K, Patten JJ, Chuprina A, Dziuba I, Plekhova A, Moroz Y, Radchenko D, Tarkhanova O, Yavnyuk I, Gruber C, Yust R, Payne D, Näär AM, Namchuk MN, Davey RA, Wagner G, Kinney J, Arthanari H. A multi-pronged approach targeting SARS-CoV-2 proteins using ultra-large virtual screening. iScience. 2021 Feb 19; 24(2):102021. PMID: 33426509.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 11/19/2020

    Hekman RM, Hume AJ, Goel RK, Abo KM, Huang J, Blum BC, Werder RB, Suder EL, Paul I, Phanse S, Youssef A, Alysandratos KD, Padhorny D, Ojha S, Mora-Martin A, Kretov D, Ash PEA, Verma M, Zhao J, Patten JJ, Villacorta-Martin C, Bolzan D, Perea-Resa C, Bullitt E, Hinds A, Tilston-Lunel A, Varelas X, Farhangmehr S, Braunschweig U, Kwan JH, McComb M, Basu A, Saeed M, Perissi V, Burks EJ, Layne MD, Connor JH, Davey R, Cheng JX, Wolozin BL, Blencowe BJ, Wuchty S, Lyons SM, Kozakov D, Cifuentes D, Blower M, Kotton DN, Wilson AA, Mühlberger E, Emili A. Actionable Cytopathogenic Host Responses of Human Alveolar Type 2 Cells to SARS-CoV-2. Mol Cell. 2020 12 17; 80(6):1104-1122.e9. PMID: 33259812.

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  • Published on 9/22/2020

    Cooper L, Schafer A, Li Y, Cheng H, Medegan Fagla B, Shen Z, Nowar R, Dye K, Anantpadma M, Davey RA, Thatcher GRJ, Rong L, Xiong R. Screening and Reverse-Engineering of Estrogen Receptor Ligands as Potent Pan-Filovirus Inhibitors. J Med Chem. 2020 10 08; 63(19):11085-11099. PMID: 32886512.

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  • Published on 9/16/2020

    Luthra P, Anantpadma M, De S, Sourimant J, Davey RA, Plemper RK, Basler CF. High-Throughput Screening Assay to Identify Small Molecule Inhibitors of Marburg Virus VP40 Protein. ACS Infect Dis. 2020 10 09; 6(10):2783-2799. PMID: 32870648.

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  • Published on 8/28/2020

    Akinci E, Cha M, Lin L, Yeo G, Hamilton MC, Donahue CJ, Bermudez-Cabrera HC, Zanetti LC, Chen M, Barkal SA, Khowpinitchai B, Chu N, Velimirovic M, Jodhani R, Fife JD, Sovrovic M, Cole PA, Davey RA, Cassa CA, Sherwood RI. Elucidation of remdesivir cytotoxicity pathways through genome-wide CRISPR-Cas9 screening and transcriptomics. bioRxiv. 2020 Aug 28. PMID: 32869031.

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  • Published on 7/24/2020

    Gorgulla C, PadmanabhaDas K, Leigh KE, Cespugli M, Fischer PD, Wang ZF, Tesseyre G, Pandita S, Shnapir A, Calderaio A, Hutcheson C, Gechev M, Rose A, Lewis N, Yaffe E, Luxenburg R, Herce HD, Durmaz V, Halazonetis TD, Fackeldey K, Patten JJ, Chuprina A, Dziuba I, Plekhova A, Moroz Y, Radchenko D, Tarkhanova O, Yavnyuk I, Gruber CC, Yust R, Payne D, Näär AM, Namchuk MN, Davey RA, Wagner G, Kinney J, Arthanari H. A Multi-Pronged Approach Targeting SARS-CoV-2 Proteins Using Ultra-Large Virtual Screening. ChemRxiv. 2020 Jul 24. PMID: 33200116.

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  • Published on 7/16/2020

    Lane TR, Massey C, Comer JE, Freiberg AN, Zhou H, Dyall J, Holbrook MR, Anantpadma M, Davey RA, Madrid PB, Ekins S. Pyronaridine tetraphosphate efficacy against Ebola virus infection in guinea pig. Antiviral Res. 2020 09; 181:104863. PMID: 32682926.

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  • Published on 6/17/2020

    Gaisina IN, Peet NP, Wong L, Schafer AM, Cheng H, Anantpadma M, Davey RA, Thatcher GRJ, Rong L. Discovery and Structural Optimization of 4-(Aminomethyl)benzamides as Potent Entry Inhibitors of Ebola and Marburg Virus Infections. J Med Chem. 2020 07 09; 63(13):7211-7225. PMID: 32490678.

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