Davies holds the James E. Birren Chair of Gerontology in the USC Davis School of Gerontology, with an additional appointment in the USC Dornsife College Letters, Arts and Sciences’ Department of Biological Sciences.
The Academia Europaea was launched in 1988 to complement the European Science Foundation as a coordinator of European national research funding agencies and organizations. Among other roles, members provide independent, expert advice on research topics and improve the public’s understanding of science.
It has grown from nearly 630 members in its first meeting in 1989 to a highly select group of more than 3,000 today, according to the academy. Among them are 54 Nobel Prize winners, many of whom were elected before they received the prize. The organization includes European scholars who live on other continents, such as the London-born Davies, who is a dual British and U.S. citizen.
Deeply involved in research into free radicals, oxidative stress, redox regulation, and aging, Davies is the founding editor-in-chief of Free Radical Biology & Medicine. His many contributions to science include pioneering the study of protein oxidation and proteolysis during oxidative stress, as well as gene expression during stress adaptation. In particular, he has been defining the pathways and mechanisms by which adaptive homeostasis — the body’s ability to maintain balance in its many systems under stress — declines with age. This decline predisposes the elderly to stress-related diseases and frailty.
At USC, Davies is dean of the faculty of the USC Davis School and director of the USC Free Radical Institute.
“I am deeply grateful to the wonderful mentors who helped guide me on the path of discovery; to the colleagues and collaborators who so expanded my horizons; and to the students, post doctoral fellows and senior scientists who have worked in my lab over the years, to whom this honor really belongs,” Davies said.
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