Melissa Davis

Melissa B Davis, PHD

medical group

Specialties: Research

Services: Cancer Research

Board Certification and Education


  • University of Georgia, Genetics, GA, 2003


  • University of Chicago Hospital, Postdoctoral Fellow, IL, 2009
  • Yale University, Genetics, CT, 2006

About Me

Member of the Henry Ford Cancer Institute  


Biographical Statement: 

Following her postdoctoral training at the University of Chicago's Institute of Genomics and Bioinformatics and the Center for Interdisciplinary Health Disparities, Dr. Davis was the first African American Genetics professor at the University of Georgia (UGA). At UGA, Dr. Davis developed a clinical research program in collaboration with clinical oncologists to investigate causes of breast cancer among specific populations in the Georgia communities. Her work uncovered environmental exposures as well as epigenetic associations with race and cancer outcomes. Dr. Davis was recruited to Henry Ford Health System in the summer of 2017, where she has rebuilt her lab within the Henry Ford Department of Public Health Sciences. 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. Dr. Davis partners with the Breast Oncology Program in establishing a research agenda for the International Center for the Study of Breast Cancer Subtypes (ICSBCS). The center is focused on the discovery of novel genetic associations among people of African descent.






Henry Ford Hospital
One Ford Place, Ste 3E
Public Health Sciences
Detroit, MI 48202

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