Ilan Davis is Professor of Cell Biology in the Department of Biochemistry. His career has been focused on the study of how the nervous system works on a microscopic level using Drosophila (fruit flies) as a model system. His current focus is on the role of regulated mRNA stability and translation in neural stem cell development and synaptic plasticity during memory and learning.
Ilan is head and Principal Investigator of the Davis Lab, which is well known for its novel use of microscopy technology in RNA biology, including super resolution and single molecule methods. Most recently, the Davis Lab has been undertaking AI-based image analysis of living tissues such as whole Drosophila brains. He also directs Micron Oxford, a collaborative, multidisciplinary bioimaging unit working with biomedical researchers in the Oxford area and beyond to apply advanced cellular imaging techniques to address key questions in biology.
Ilan is a Wellcome Investigator and visiting scientist at Janelia Research Campus, as well as an associated member of the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine. He was elected as an EMBO member in 2010 and is currently a member of the UKRI's Medical Research Council Molecular and Celular Medicine Board.