Alan Davidson, Ph.D


MaRS Centre, West Tower
661 University Ave., Rm. 1634
Toronto, ON, M5G 1M1

Phone #: 416-978-0332

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Bacteriophages and CRISPR systems


Postdoctoral Fellow: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Ph.D.: University of Toronto
B.Sc.: University of Toronto

Fields of Interest:

  • Cellular and Molecular Structure and Function
  • Molecular Microbiology and Infectious Disease


Research Interests:

My laboratory focuses on bacteriophages (phages), the viruses that infect bacteria.  We study how phages work, and how we can exploit phage-derived entities for applications in human health.  We also study anti-CRISPRs, which are phage-encoded inhibitors of CRISPR-Cas systems. We discovered these proteins, and are currently endeavouring to understand how they work, and how they can be exploited in genome editing applications.


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