Dr. Cheryl Davis
Associate Provost for Research and Creative Activity
Cheryl D. Davis serves as the Associate Provost for Research and Creative Activity at Western Kentucky University. She earned her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Zoology at the University of Oklahoma and her Ph.D. in Biology at Wake Forest University. She then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Wake Forest in immuno-parasitology and held an instructorship prior to accepting a tenure-track faculty position at Western Kentucky University in 1991. She was promoted to the rank of Professor of Biology in 2002 and was named University Distinguished Professor of Biology in 2008.
Over her career as a biology professor at WKU, Dr. Davis has mentored more than 30 graduate students and 80 undergraduate students in biomedical research. Her research efforts have been focused primarily on the immunology of host-parasite interactions and on parasitic disease surveillance. Honors/awards received include the Byrd-Dunn Award, Southeastern Society of Parasitologists; Honorary Member of Golden Key National Honor Society; Student Government Excellence in Teaching Award, WKU; Ogden College Faculty Award in Teaching, WKU; and Honorary Member of Alpha Epsilon Delta. Dr. Davis has served on a variety of university and departmental committees including serving as Chair of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, Chair of the Department of Biology Graduate Program, member of the PreMedical Advisory Committee, Academic Council, and Graduate Council.
Dr. Davis has held leadership positions in a number of professional societies including the Kentucky Academy of Science (President, Vice President), the Southeastern Society of Parasitologists (President, Vice President), and the American Society of Parasitologists (Council Member at Large). She has also served as WKU’s Lead Faculty Representative to the Kentucky Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network (KBRIN) since its inception in 2001. WKU investigators have received over 5 million dollars in extramural funds through this NIH supported program over the past 14 years.
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