Joseph (Joey) Davis

Joseph (Joey) Davis

Assistant Professor

Joey Davis investigates how cells maintain a delicate internal balance of assembling and dismantling their own machinery — in particular, assemblages of many molecules known as macromolecular complexes.

617-258-6154

Phone

68-671

Office

Gina Lee

Assistant

617-258-6473

Assistant Phone

Education

PhD 2010, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Research Summary

The Davis lab is working to uncover how cells construct and degrade complex molecular machines rapidly and efficiently. We apply a variety of biochemical, biophysical, and structural approaches including quantitative mass spectrometry and single particle cryo-electron microscopy to understand the detailed molecular mechanisms of these processes. Ongoing projects in the lab are focused on autophagy, an essential eukaryotic protein and organelle degradation pathway, and assembly of the ribosome, which is essential in all cells.

Awards

  • National Institute on Aging R00 Fellowship, 2017
  • National Institute on Aging K99 Fellowship, 2015

Recent Publications

  1. Addressing preferred specimen orientation in single-particle cryo-EM through tilting. Tan, YZ, Baldwin, PR, Davis, JH, Williamson, JR, Potter, CS, Carragher, B, Lyumkis, D. 2017. Nat. Methods 14, 793-796.
    doi: 10.1038/nmeth.4347PMID:28671674
  2. Structure and dynamics of bacterial ribosome biogenesis. Davis, JH, Williamson, JR. 2017. Philos. Trans. R. Soc. Lond., B, Biol. Sci. 372, .
    doi: 10.1098/rstb.2016.0181PMID:28138067
  3. Modular Assembly of the Bacterial Large Ribosomal Subunit. Davis, JH, Tan, YZ, Carragher, B, Potter, CS, Lyumkis, D, Williamson, JR. 2016. Cell 167, 1610-1622.e15.
    doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2016.11.020PMID:27912064
  4. YphC and YsxC GTPases assist the maturation of the central protuberance, GTPase associated region and functional core of the 50S ribosomal subunit. Ni, X, Davis, JH, Jain, N, Razi, A, Benlekbir, S, McArthur, AG, Rubinstein, JL, Britton, RA, Williamson, JR, Ortega, J et al.. 2016. Nucleic Acids Res. 44, 8442-55.
    doi: 10.1093/nar/gkw678PMID:27484475
  5. Binding properties of YjeQ (RsgA), RbfA, RimM and Era to assembly intermediates of the 30S subunit. Thurlow, B, Davis, JH, Leong, V, Moraes, TF, Williamson, JR, Ortega, J. 2016. Nucleic Acids Res. 44, 9918-9932.
    doi: 10.1093/nar/gkw613PMID:27382067
  6. Functional interaction between ribosomal protein L6 and RbgA during ribosome assembly. Gulati, M, Jain, N, Davis, JH, Williamson, JR, Britton, RA. 2014. PLoS Genet. 10, e1004694.
    doi: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1004694PMID:25330043
  7. Discovery of a small molecule that inhibits bacterial ribosome biogenesis. Stokes, JM, Davis, JH, Mangat, CS, Williamson, JR, Brown, ED. 2014. Elife 3, e03574.
    doi: 10.7554/eLife.03574PMID:25233066
  8. Functional domains of the 50S subunit mature late in the assembly process. Jomaa, A, Jain, N, Davis, JH, Williamson, JR, Britton, RA, Ortega, J. 2014. Nucleic Acids Res. 42, 3419-35.
    doi: 10.1093/nar/gkt1295PMID:24335279
  9. Measuring the dynamics of E. coli ribosome biogenesis using pulse-labeling and quantitative mass spectrometry. Chen, SS, Sperling, E, Silverman, JM, Davis, JH, Williamson, JR. 2012. Mol Biosyst 8, 3325-34.
    doi: 10.1039/c2mb25310kPMID:23090316
  10. Small-molecule control of protein degradation using split adaptors. Davis, JH, Baker, TA, Sauer, RT. 2011. ACS Chem. Biol. 6, 1205-13.
    doi: 10.1021/cb2001389PMID:21866931
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