Melissa Davis

pic_mdavisMelissa Davis
National Breast Cancer Foundation Senior Research Fellow
Walter & Eliza Hall Institute
Honarary, Medical Biology
University of Melbourne


Dr Davis holds a BSc (Genetics) and a PhD from the University of Queensland. Her research is focused on the systems biology of epithelial-mesenchymal plasticity in breast cancer. Melissa specialises in the integration of genomic, transcriptomic, and proteomic data with knowledge-based network models to identify sub-networks and pathways disrupted in cancer. The Davis Laboratory studies the regulatory networks that control the behaviour of cells in normal and cancerous tissues. They approach these questions with a suite of computational techniques that include classical bioinformatics methods, knowledge-based modelling, machine learning, and network analysis. The group’s current focus is understanding the signalling and regulatory networks that underpin epithelial-mesenchymal transitions in breast cancer. This work is part of the EMPathy Breast Cancer Network, and is funded by the National Breast Cancer Foundation.