Cheryl Davis, Ph.D.WKURF Board Member

    Cheryl Davis earned her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Zoology at the University of Oklahoma and her Ph.D. in Biology at Wake Forest University. She also completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Wake Forest and held a one-year instructorship prior to accepting a tenure-track faculty position at Western Kentucky University in 1991. She was promoted to the rank of Professor of Biology in 2002 and was named University Distinguished Professor of Biology in 2008. She was appointed to the position of Interim Associate Provost for Research and Creative Activity on September 1, 2015. Her research interests have been focused primarily on the immunology of host-parasite interactions and on parasitic disease surveillance. Over her career, Cheryl has mentored more than 30 graduate students and 80 undergraduate research students in her laboratory. Honors/awards received over the course of her career include the Byrd-Dunn Award, Southeastern Society of Parasitologists; Honorary Member of Golden Key National Honor Society; Student Government Excellence in Teaching Award, WKU; Ogden College Faculty Award in Teaching, WKU; and Honorary Member of Alpha Epsilon Delta. She has also served on a variety of university and departmental committees including the PreMedical Advisory Committee, Academic Council, Graduate Council, Chair of the Department of Biology Graduate Program, Chair of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, and she has served as WKU’s Lead Faculty Representative to the Kentucky Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network (KBRIN) since its inception in 2001. WKU investigators have received over 5 million dollars in extramural funds through this NIH supported program over the past 14 years. Cheryl also has held leadership positions in a number of professional societies including the Kentucky Academy of Science (Vice President, President), the American Society of Parasitologists (Council Member) and the Southeastern Society of Parasitologists (Vice President, President).

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