The Davis Lab is housed in the Department of Genetics at the Davison Life Sciences Complex. Following her postdoctoral training at the University of Chicago's Institute of Genomics and Bioinformatics and the Center for Interdisciplinary Health Disparities, Dr. Melissa B Davis joined the inaugural GRU/UGA Medical Partnership faculty in 2009 as the Med School's Genetics professor. The Davis Lab conducts molecular epidemiology and molecular genetics research concerned with cancer health disparities and environmental factors that impact the etiology of breast cancer subtypes. We focus on the role that ancestral genetics plays in predisposition to aggressive tumor types and/or oncogene regulation and function. We are also highly interested in the role of ancestry in immune responses related to tumor progression and how this may translate to aggressive subtypes in specific populations.