Theresa A. Davies-Heerema, PhD
Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Medical Sciences & Education

PhD, Boston University School of Medicine



Dr. Davies began her tenure at BUSM in the Department of Biochemistry over 30 years ago. After receiving her PhD, she was very active in the Department and went on to do research in the field of Alzheimer’s disease investigating the role of platelets and the blood brain barrier in amyloid deposition. More recently she has served as Assistant Director of the MA in Medical Sciences program, and now Director of the Oral Health Sciences program. She has been teaching in the Biochemistry course MD512/OH751 Dental Biochemistry for more than 18 years, is Co-Course Manager for GMS MS 640, Introduction to Biomedical Information and recently developed two new courses Evidence Based Dentistry and Fundamentals of Head and Neck Anatomy.

Recently Dr. Davies has helped to develop a novel mobil application in collaboration with the Department of Family Medine , the Alumni Medical Library, and the Virtual Integration Group on Evidence Based Medicine. The BUSM Finding Information Framework (BUSM FIF) app can be found in the app store.

Dr. Davies loves working with students, whether she’s teaching, mentoring or providing thesis help. She will be the first to tell you that the best part of her job is when a student attains one of their goals – in particular gaining acceptance to medical or dental school. Dr. Davies enjoys camping, reading, country music, Boston sports and the beach. She lives with her husband, Ron, and four children in Wayland.

Director, M.S. in Oral Health Sciences Program
Boston University School of Medicine, Division of Graduate Medical Sciences


Graduate Faculty (Primary Mentor of Grad Students)
Boston University School of Medicine, Division of Graduate Medical Sciences




Platelet and the Cerebrovasculature in AB Deposition
07/10/1998 - 06/30/2001 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders & Stroke
5 R01 NS37933 03




Yr Title Project-Sub Proj Pubs
Publications listed below are automatically derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and other sources, which might result in incorrect or missing publications. Faculty can login to make corrections and additions.

  1. Davies TA, Leone C, Schreiber B. American Dental Educator Association. Admissions Criteria for Success in Credential-Enhancing Pre-Dental Masters Program. 2015.
  2. Lui A, Davies TA*, Liu A, Flynn DB, Wiecha JM, Cohen-Osher M, Hoffman-Kleiner M* (*shared senior author). Novel Mobile Application to Promote Evidence-Based Medicine Decision-Making in Medical Education. Medical Science Educator. 2015; (1-2). View Publication
  3. Davies TA, Long HJ, Eisenhauer PB, Hastey R, Cribbs DH, Fine RE, Simons ER. Beta amyloid fragments derived from activated platelets deposit in cerebrovascular endothelium: usage of a novel blood brain barrier endothelial cell model system. Amyloid. 2000 Sep; 7(3):153-65.View Related Profiles. PMID: 11019856.
  4. Eisenhauer PB, Johnson RJ, Wells JM, Davies TA, Fine RE. Toxicity of various amyloid beta peptide species in cultured human blood-brain barrier endothelial cells: increased toxicity of dutch-type mutant. J Neurosci Res. 2000 Jun 15; 60(6):804-10. PMID: 10861793.
  5. Abraham CR, Marshall DC, Tibbles HE, Otto K, Long HJ, Billingslea AM, Hastey R, Johnson R, Fine RE, Smith SJ, Simons ER, Davies TA. Platelets and DAMI megakaryocytes possess beta-secretase-like activity. J Lab Clin Med. 1999 May; 133(5):507-15.View Related Profiles. PMID: 10235134.
  6. Davies TA, Billingslea AM, Long HJ, Tibbles H, Wells JM, Eisenhauer PB, Smith SJ, Cribbs DH, Fine RE, Simons ER. Brain endothelial cell enzymes cleave platelet-retained amyloid precursor protein. J Lab Clin Med. 1998 Oct; 132(4):341-50.View Related Profiles. PMID: 9794706.
  7. Simons ER, Marshall DC, Long HJ, Otto K, Billingslea A, Tibbles H, Wells J, Eisenhauer P, Fine RE, Cribbs DH, Davies TA, Abraham CR. Blood brain barrier endothelial cells express candidate amyloid precursor protein-cleaving secretases. Amyloid. 1998 Sep; 5(3):153-62.View Related Profiles. PMID: 9818052.
  8. Davies TA, Billingslea A, Johnson R, Greenberg S, Ortiz M, Long H, Sgro K, Tibbles H, Seetoo K, Rathbun W, Schonhorn J, Simons ER. Stimulus responses and amyloid precursor protein processing in DAMI megakaryocytes. J Lab Clin Med. 1997 Jul; 130(1):21-32.View Related Profiles. PMID: 9242363.
  9. Davies TA, Long HJ, Tibbles HE, Sgro KR, Wells JM, Rathbun WH, Seetoo KF, McMenamin ME, Smith SJ, Feldman RG, Levesque CA, Fine RE, Simons ER. Moderate and advanced Alzheimer's patients exhibit platelet activation differences. Neurobiol Aging. 1997 Mar-Apr; 18(2):155-62.View Related Profiles. PMID: 9258892.
  10. Davies TA, Long HJ, Sgro K, Rathbun WH, McMenamin ME, Seetoo K, Tibbles H, Billingslea AM, Fine RE, Fishman JB, Levesque CA, Smith SJ, Wells JM, Simons ER. Activated Alzheimer disease platelets retain more beta amyloid precursor protein. Neurobiol Aging. 1997 Mar-Apr; 18(2):147-53.View Related Profiles. PMID: 9258891.
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I have been actively mentoring graduate students to medical and dental schools for over 15 years in particular those from minorities and socioeconomically disadvantaged cohorts currently under-represented in biomedical science fields (DMD, MD, DO and MS).

Available to Mentor as: (Review Mentor Role Definitions):
  • Advisor
  • Career Mentor
  • Diversity Mentor
  • Education Mentor
  • Research / Scholarly Mentor
  • Work / Life Integration Mentor
Contact for Mentoring:
  • Email (see 'Contact Info')


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