The Davidson Lab uses high throughput sequencing technologies and computational approaches to study the dynamics of infectious diseases. We are particularly focused on Mycobacteria species and other bacteria affecting Cystic Fibrosis (CF) and non-CF patients. Research areas include the genetic epidemiology of pathogen populations, pathogen genome evolution, and microbial responses during disease progression and antibiotic treatment. Current projects range from using functional genomics to identify genetic underpinnings of virulence and antibiotic resistance to developing molecular diagnostics for rapid detection of bacteria in clinical samples. The overarching goals are to improve the diagnosis and treatment of patients with infectious diseases.
Lab Resources & Services
Our group is located on the 6th floor of the Smith Building. We work closely with the CGEH Genomics Facility and have access to a high performance computing cluster in the Center for Genes, Environment and Health for large scale data analyses.