J. Nathan Davis appointed to the founding faculty

J. Nathan Davis
J. Nathan Davis

May 16, 2013 - J. Nathan Davis has been appointed to the founding faculty of the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine.

In his new position, Davis, an associate professor of medical sciences, will be responsible for teaching biochemistry at Connecticut's newest medical school, which will welcome its first 60 students in August. The medical school was created with the mission to train primary care physicians, foster collaborative, team-based care and serve as a national model for interprofessional health professions education.

"It is an honor to join the faculty, staff and administration working collaboratively to fulfill the unique mission of the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine," Davis said. "To join this exceptional group of people that are committed to the challenge of creating an institution devoted to the education of primary care physicians is both humbling and motivating."

Davis came to Quinnipiac from the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Medical School, where he worked as an associate professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Davis earned his doctorate in microbiology at the University of Texas and a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Arkansas. Davis researches basic cellular pathways in malignant cells to identify those that are common among multiple types of cancer. The ultimate goal is the development of drugs that inhibit the progression of multiple cancer types by targeting these shared pathways.

Davis completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Tumor Cell Biology at St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, Tenn. He is a member of the American Society for Microbiology, American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

"I am very pleased to have Nathan as a member of our founding faculty," said Dr. Bruce Koeppen, founding dean of the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine. "He brings to the School of Medicine extensive expertise related to tumor biology, cell biology and biochemistry, all of which will help us develop our curriculum in these important areas."

The Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine is located in the Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences on Quinnipiac's North Haven Campus with the School of Nursing and School of Health Sciences. The three schools will be united not only in the same state-of-the-art complex but by the same mission: to graduate medical and health care practitioners who will be the driving force for a more collaborative, economical and efficient health care system. With the addition of a medical school, Quinnipiac will be educating the triad responsible for primary care-the physician assistant, nurse practitioner and physician.

The medical school has received preliminary accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education and approval from the state Board of Education. St. Vincent's Medical Center of Bridgeport has been named the medical school's primary clinical partner. The school is named for Dr. Frank H. Netter, a world-renowned medical illustrator whose drawings and atlases have educated medical students for decades.