Mark Davis

Dr. Mark Davis

Associate Professor/Biology

Koch Center for Engineering and Science, Room 221


  • Microbiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Virology
  • Immunology
  • Microbial Ecology


  • B.S. Biology (Education minor), St. Vincent College, Latrobe, PA. 1988.
  • M.S. Biological Sciences, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA, 1993.
    • Thesis: Characterization of a Dissimilatory Iron-Reducing Bacterium by 16s rRNA Gene Sequencing. Adviser John Stolz.
  • M.S. Molecular Microbiology, University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign, 1995.
    • Adviser Dr. John Cronan.
  • Ph.D. Molecular Microbiology, University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign, 1998.
    • Thesis: Characterization of Acetyl-CoA Carboxylase from Escherichia coli: A Rate Limiting Enzyme in Fatty Acid Synthesis . Adviser Dr. John Cronan.

Courses Taught

  • BIOL 100 Fundamentals of Biology
  • BIOL 110 Clinical Microbiology
  • BIOL 305 Microbial Ecology
  • BIOL 399 Virology
  • BIOL 430 Microbiology
  • BIOL 442 Immunology
  • ES 103 Fundamentals of Environmental Science

Research Interests

  • Lipid Biosynthesis in Bacteria
  • Biology Education
  • Development of Adenovirus Detection Assays
  • Bacteria and Musical Instruments – How many, what types, and how to disinfect properly

Grants and Awards

  • Explorer Summer Program, University of Evansville, 2010.
    • Title: Sensitivity Testing of PCR Detection Assays for Adenoviruses 36 and 37. $4950.00.
  • Deans’ Outstanding Teacher Award, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Evansville, 2014.
  • Outstanding Innovation Award from City of Evansville Celebration of Leadership, 2022
    • Project: Design, Construction, and Testing of Air Filtration Units for Schools in the COVID Pandemic.

Recent Publications and Presentations

  • Davis, M.S. 2016. Redefining the Paradigm: Faculty Models to Support Student Learning . Chapter Contributing Author.
  • Davis, M.S. 2013. Developing Interest in Graduate Students by Increasing Interactions Between Undergraduate Students and Experienced Research Scientists. Presentation. American Society for Microbiology Annual Meeting. Denver, CO.
  • Lynch, I., Vibbert, J., Groulx, T., & M.S. Davis. 2012. The Identification and Prevention of Bacteria Present in Woodwind Instruments. Poster Presentation. MESCON. University of Evansville.
  • McNeil, K. & M. S. Davis. 2010. Development of a More Sensitive and Time Efficient Detection Method for Human Adenovirus-36. National Conference for Undergraduate Research. University of Montana, Missoula, MO.

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Office Location
Room 231, Koch Center for Engineering and Science