Ronald Davis, Ph.D., graduate of the East High Class of 1970, is a distinguished researcher and adjunct professor at the Research Institute, Baylor College of Medicine, in Houston, TX. Upon graduation from East, Dr. Davis received his BS in zoology from Brigham Young University and a MS and Ph.D. in genetics from the University of California.
From 1979 to 1980, Dr. Davis was a postdoctoral fellow at the California Institute of Technology. He then served as a National Institute of Health fellow from 1980 to 1982. He then spent five years as an assistant professor of biochemistry at Michigan State University before moving to the Baylor College of Medicine in 1987, where he has been a faculty member for 18 years.
Dr. Davis has earned many honors and awards in neuroscience and the neuroscience of brain disorders. He is the recipient of the Michael DeBakey Excellence in Research Award and an Academic Career Leadership Award from the National Institute of Health. His research focuses on the molecular and cellular biology of memory formation and on behavioral brain disorders such as a bipolar disorders.