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Erika W. Davies, PhD, MS

Academic Title:

Assistant Professor

Primary Appointment:

Radiation Oncology

Administrative Title:

Director of Medical Counter Measures for DTRS

Phone (Primary):


Education and Training

1991-1995     BA, Biology; Bowdoin College

1996-1998     MS, Applied Immunology; University of Southern Maine

2001-2007     PhD, Emerging Infectious Diseases; Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS)

2008-2010     Post-Doctoral Fellow; Laboratory of Parasitic Disease, NIH/NIAID

2010-2012     AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow





In the role of Director of Scientific and Education Programs (D-SEP) for the newly formed Center for Blood Oxygen Transport and Hemostasis (CBOTH) I coordinate multiple academic laboratories and businesses with institutional resources. I work with faculty and staff to operationalize CBOTH and to program manage multiple grants and awards across laboratories.

In addition to graduate and post-doctoral laboratory training, I have over ten years of experience in managing scientific programs for the federal government and scientific non-profit agencies. Most recently, I served as the Contract Officer Representative (level III) for ~$20M portfolio of funded contracts as a Project Officer at BARDA, serving as subject matter expert and technical advisor, point-of-contact between awardees and BARDA, and contract manager.  My direct experience managing projects on behalf of the federal government gives me unique insight into proposal development, review and negotiation.

Not only do I have extensive experience in preparing and reviewing manuscripts, grant applications and contract proposals, I also have extensive experience in recognizing and resolving scientific ethics matters, ranging from author disputes to plagiarism and image manipulation. Thus, I am uniquely qualified to set up and maintain a scientific and educational program based on best scientific publishing principles; to train students, staff and faculty on complicated matters regarding scientific ethics and publishing concerns; and to maintain a rigorous, proactive and well-disciplined program. 

Highlighted Publications

  1. Casedevall, A., Ellis, L.M., Davies, E.W., McFall-Ngai, M., Fang, F.C. A Framework for Improving the Quality of Research in the Biological Sciences. MBio 7(4): (2016). 
  2. Davies, E.W. and Edwards, D.D. Promoting Responsible Scientific Research. Report on American Academy of Microbiology Colloquium, Washington DC, October 14-15, 2015. American Academy of Microbiology (2016).
  3. Davies, E.W., Manongi, N., and Carter, C.L. Is Timing Everything? A meeting report of the SWHR Roundtable on Menopausal Hormone Therapy. J Women’s Health 22(4): 303-311 (2013).
  4. Mallampalli, M., Davies, E.W., Wood, D., Robertson, H., Polato, F., and Carter, C.L. Role of Environment on sex and gender disparities in autoimmune diseases and factors contributing to the rise in autoimmune diseases—A roundtable meeting report. J Women’s Health 22(7):578-86 (2013).
  5. Fraga, L.A.O., Lamb, E.W., Chatterjee, M., Dvorak, J., Delcroix, M., Sajid, M., Caffrey, C.R., and Davies, J. Rapid induction of IgE responses to a worm cysteine protease during pre-patent schistosome infection. BMC Immunology 11(1): (2010).
  6. Crawford, J., Lamb, E., Wasmuth, J., Grujic, O., Grigg, M.E., and Boulanger, M.J. Structural and functional characterization of SporoSAG, a SAG2-related sporozoite surface antigen from Toxoplasma gondii. J Biol Chem 285(16):12063-70 (2010).
  7. Lamb, E.W., Walls, C.D., Pesce, J.T., Riner, D., Crow, E.T., Maynard, S.K., Wynn, T.A., Schaefer, B.C., and Davies, S.J. Blood fluke exploitation of non-cognate CD4+ T cell help to facilitate parasite development. PLoS Pathogens 6(4): (2010).
  8. Oldenhove G, Bouladoux N, Wohlfert EA, Hall JA, Chou D, Dos Santos L, O'Brien S, Blank R, Lamb E, Natarajan S, Kastenmayer R, Hunter C, Grigg ME, Belkaid Y. Decrease of Foxp3+ Treg cell number and acquisition of effector phenotype during lethal infection. Immunity 31(5):772-86 (2009).
  9. Lamb, E.W., Crow, E.T., Liang, Y.S., Lewis, F.A., and Davies, S.J. Conservation of CD4+ T cell-dependent developmental mechanisms in the blood fluke pathogens of humans. International Journal for Parasitology 37(3-4): 405-15 (2007).
  10. Blank, R.B., Lamb, E.W., Tocheva, A.S., Crow, E.T., Lim, K.C., McKerrow, J.H., and Davies, S.J. The common γ chain cytokines IL-2 and IL-7 indirectly modulate blood fluke development via effects on CD4+ T cells. Journal of Infectious Diseases 194(11): 1609-1616 (2006).
  11. Reignier, T., Oldenburg, J, Noble, B., Lamb, E., Romanowskic, V., Buchmeier, M.J., and Cannon, P.M. Receptor use by pathogenic arenaviruses. Virology 353(1):111-120 (2006).
  12. Helms, C., Pelsue, S., Cao, L., Lamb, E., Loffredo, B., Taillon-Miller, P., Herrin, B., Burzenski, L.M., Gott, B., Lyons, B.L., Keppler, D., Shultz, L.D., and Bowcock, A.M. The tetratricopeptide repeat domain 7 gene is mutated in flaky skin mice: a model for psoriasis, autoimmunity, and anemia. Experimental Biology and Medicine 230:659-667 (2005).
  13. Liu, Z., Liu, Q., Pesce, J., Anthony, R.M., Lamb, E., Whitmire, J., Hamed, H., Morimoto, M., Urban, Jr., J.F.,  and Gause, W.C. Requirements for the development of IL-4 producing T cells during intestinal nematode infections: What it takes to make a Th2 cell in vivo. Immunol. Reviews. Oct; 201: 57-74 (2004).