Rebecca Davidson Ph.D.

National Jewish Health

Dr. Rebecca Davidson received her Ph.D. from Colorado State University in 2009 studying molecular determinants of disease resistance in plant-pathogen systems. She completed an NSF postdoctoral fellowship in genomics and bioinformatics at Michigan State University from 2009-2011 where she contributed to two international consortia providing critical genomics and transcriptomics resources for experimental biologists. She began her career at National Jewish Health (NJH) in Denver, CO in 2011 as a Bioinformatics Analyst for the NTM Center of Excellence where she developed computational infrastructure and analytic pipelines for genomic studies of nontuberculous mycobacteria and Mycobacterium tuberculosis. She was promoted to Instructor in 2013 and Assistant Professor in 2016 in the Center for Genes, Environment and Health and Department of Biomedical Research at NJH and currently leads a research program that focuses on integrating mycobacterial genomics and transcriptomics data with clinical outcomes in CF and non-CF patients with the goals of improving diagnosis and treatment of mycobacterial diseases. Dr. Davidson is an author/co-author of more than 26 research articles and book chapters, and her current research interests include the epidemiology of pathogen populations, pathogen genome evolution and the genetic mechanisms of host-pathogen interactions.