Robert Davey, PhD
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
Virology, Immunology & Microbiology

PhD, University of Adelaide
BSc, University of Adelaide

Dr. Robert Davey, PhD is a currently a Professor of Microbiology at the Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine. Dr. Davey received his doctorate in Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Adelaide in Australia. He continued his training as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and then at the Division of Hematology, both with Dr. James Cunningham at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Davey's first academic appointment was as an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard. He then held an Assistant Professor position which he got promoted to Adjunct Associate Professor at the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Texas Medical Branch.

Dr. Davey was also a Ewing Halsell Scholar and Scientist at the Department of Virology and Immunology at the Texas Biomedical Research Institute. As a Scientist at the Texas Biomedical Research Institute, Dr. Davey's work was focused on identification of cellular factors important for establishing infection by filovirus and bunyaviruses. His work has culminated in a deeper understanding of the entry and cell signaling pathways that are used by these viruses to penetrate the cell membrane and establish infection. His work with Ebolavirus has been published in the high-impact journals PLoS Pathogens, PNAS and a new article on host factor dependence in Science that was featured on the cover page. Dr. Davey’s group works collaboratively with a number of groups providing sophisticated molecular biology and cell biology techniques for the study of pathogenic viruses including Ebolavirus for which the lab mainly works. He has developed high throughput screening techniques for Ebolavirus. He also performs contract work testing drugs and compounds for ebolavirus infection inhibition. His team is well trained in ABSL4 procedures and have been working with Ebolavirus since 2006.

From 2015-2017, Dr. Davey held the role of Interim Chair in the Department of Virology and Immunology at the Texas Biomedical Research Institute. He is also Director of ABSL4 at the Texas Biomedical Research Institute.

Boston University
National Emerging Infectious Disease Lab

Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research

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

Optimizing Ridaifen-B analogs as potential therapeutics for Ebola viruses
09/20/2022 - 07/31/2027 (Subcontract PI)
University of Illinois NIH NIAID

National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories Operations
07/08/2021 - 06/30/2026 (Key Person)
PI: Nancy J. Sullivan, ScD
NIH/National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases

Midwest AViDD Center - CORE E
05/16/2022 - 04/30/2025 (Subcontract PI)
Regents of the University of Minnesota NIH NIAID

Center for Antiviral Medicines & Pandemic Preparedness (CAMPP) - PROJECT 6
05/16/2022 - 04/30/2025 (Subcontract PI)
The Scripps Research Institute NIH NIAID

Evaluation of compounds from NU and IAM for Ebola virus treatment
11/15/2022 - 11/15/2024 (Subcontract PI)
Oita University Institute of Advanced Medicine, Inc Nagasaki University

Perturbing virus replication with interfering peptides
04/25/2022 - 03/31/2024 (Subcontract PI)
Purdue University NIH NIAID

Assay development and execution of live virus testing in support of the Harvard-AbbVie Research Collaboration
03/01/2021 - 02/28/2024 (Subcontract PI)
President & Fellows of Harvard College on behalf of Harvard Medical School AbbVie

Small molecule inhibitors of Ebola virus polymerase function
02/01/2022 - 01/31/2024 (Subcontract PI)
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai NIH NIAID

Evaluation of SARS-COV-2 nuclease conjugates for treatment in the rodent model of SARS-COV-2 disease
07/01/2021 - 12/31/2023 (PI)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Optimization of broad-spectrum filovirus inhibitors that target viral glycoprotein
11/01/2022 - 10/31/2023 (Subcontract PI)
Microbiotix, Inc. NIH NIAID

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  1. Zou C, Yoon H, Park PMC, Patten JJ, Pellman J, Carreiro J, Tsai JM, Li YD, Roy Burman SS, Donovan KA, Gasser J, Sperling AS, Nowak RP, Fischer ES, Davey RA, Ebert BL, Slabicki M. The human E3 ligase RNF185 is a regulator of the SARS-CoV-2 envelope protein. iScience. 2023 May 19; 26(5):106601. PMID: 37095859; PMCID: PMC10082641; DOI: 10.1016/j.isci.2023.106601;
  2. Rayaprolu V, Fulton BO, Rafique A, Arturo E, Williams D, Hariharan C, Callaway H, Parvate A, Schendel SL, Parekh D, Hui S, Shaffer K, Pascal KE, Wloga E, Giordano S, Negron N, Ni M, Copin R, Atwal GS, Franklin M, Boytz RM, Donahue C, Davey R, Baum A, Kyratsous CA, Saphire EO. Structure of the Inmazeb cocktail and resistance to Ebola virus escape. Cell Host Microbe. 2023 Feb 08; 31(2):260-272.e7. PMID: 36708708
  3. Boytz R, Seitz S, Gaudiano E, Patten JJ, Keiser PT, Connor JH, Sharpe AH, Davey RA. Inactivation of Ebola Virus and SARS-CoV-2 in Cell Culture Supernatants and Cell Pellets by Gamma Irradiation. Viruses. 2022 Dec 23; 15(1).View Related Profiles. PMID: 36680083; PMCID: PMC9866162; DOI: 10.3390/v15010043;
  4. Boytz R, Slabicki M, Ramaswamy S, Patten JJ, Zou C, Meng C, Hurst BL, Wang J, Nowak RP, Yang PL, Sattler M, Stone RM, Griffin JD, Gray NS, Gummuluru S, Davey RA, Weisberg E. Anti-SARS-CoV-2 activity of targeted kinase inhibitors: Repurposing clinically available drugs for COVID-19 therapy. J Med Virol. 2023 Jan; 95(1):e28157.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36117402; PMCID: PMC9538324; DOI: 10.1002/jmv.28157;
  5. Demarest JF, Kienle M, Boytz R, Ayres M, Kim EJ, Patten JJ, Chung D, Gandhi V, Davey RA, Sykes DB, Shohdy N, Pottage JC, Kumar VS. Brequinar and dipyridamole in combination exhibits synergistic antiviral activity against SARS-CoV-2 in vitro: Rationale for a host-acting antiviral treatment strategy for COVID-19. Antiviral Res. 2022 Oct; 206:105403. PMID: 36041646; PMCID: PMC9420051; DOI: 10.1016/j.antiviral.2022.105403;
  6. Mori H, Connell JP, Donahue CJ, Boytz R, Nguyen YTK, Leung DW, LaCount DJ, Davey RA. CAPG Is Required for Ebola Virus Infection by Controlling Virus Egress from Infected Cells. Viruses. 2022 Aug 28; 14(9).View Related Profiles. PMID: 36146710; PMCID: PMC9505868; DOI: 10.3390/v14091903;
  7. Edwards MR, Vogel OA, Mori H, Davey RA, Basler CF. Marburg Virus VP30 Is Required for Transcription Initiation at the Glycoprotein Gene. mBio. 2022 Oct 26; 13(5):e0224322.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35997284; PMCID: PMC9601197; DOI: 10.1128/mbio.02243-22;
  8. Wang LL, Estrada L, Wiggins J, Anantpadma M, Patten JJ, Davey RA, Xiang SH. Ligand-based design of peptide entry inhibitors targeting the endosomal receptor binding site of filoviruses. Antiviral Res. 2022 Oct; 206:105399. PMID: 36007601
  9. Patten JJ, Keiser PT, Morselli-Gysi D, Menichetti G, Mori H, Donahue CJ, Gan X, Valle ID, Geoghegan-Barek K, Anantpadma M, Boytz R, Berrigan JL, Stubbs SH, Ayazika T, O'Leary C, Jalloh S, Wagner F, Ayehunie S, Elledge SJ, Anderson D, Loscalzo J, Zitnik M, Gummuluru S, Namchuk MN, Barabási AL, Davey RA. Identification of potent inhibitors of SARS-CoV-2 infection by combined pharmacological evaluation and cellular network prioritization. iScience. 2022 Sep 16; 25(9):104925.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35992305; PMCID: PMC9374494; DOI: 10.1016/j.isci.2022.104925;
  10. Mishra N, Teyra J, Boytz R, Miersch S, Merritt TN, Cardarelli L, Gorelik M, Mihalic F, Jemth P, Davey RA, Sidhu SS, Leung DW, Amarasinghe GK. Monoclonal antibodies binding data for SARS-CoV-2 proteins. Data Brief. 2022 Aug; 43:108415. PMID: 35789908; PMCID: PMC9232259; DOI: 10.1016/j.dib.2022.108415;
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Uncovering the first FDA-approved drug for Ebola virus infection

Drug Target Review 2/6/2023

Structure and function of the first FDA-approved treatment for Ebola virus discovered

News Medical 1/30/2023

Can COVID-19 Reboot Drug Repurposing?

Inside Precision Medicine 12/20/2022

Best of The Brink 2022: BU’s Most-Read Science and Research Stories

BU Today 12/13/2022


BU Today 3/16/2021

In It Together 6/2/2020

WGBH 6/2/2020

BU Scientists Awarded $1.9 Million to Accelerate Coronavirus Research

BU Today 5/13/2020

Massachusetts Consortium Tests Thousands Of Existing Drugs Against Coronavirus

CBS Boston 5/13/2020

Decoding COVID-19

PBS Nova 5/13/2020

BU Labs, Researchers and Students Fight COVID-19

The Daily Free Press 4/29/2020

Episode 195: Does New England Have Enough COVID-19 Tests; The Fight To Save Yiddish

New England News Collaborative 4/23/2020

Will Antibody Testing Help Get People Back to Work?

PBS Newshour 4/21/2020

Needles In A Haystack: Could Existing Drugs Treat COVID-19?

WGBH 4/15/2020

Getting to Know the Enemy

WGBH 4/10/2020

BU NEIDL Scientists Can “See Enemy,” Making Headway on COVID-19 Research

Mirage News 4/7/2020

Coming: A New Appreciation For The Social Benefits Of Graduate Education

Forbes 4/6/2020

Get A Peek Inside The Search For COVID-19 DrugsL

Futurity 3/23/2020

Boston Researchers on the Frontline in the Battle Against Coronavirus

Boston 25 News 3/20/2020

Live Coronavirus Research Gets Underway at BU NEIDL

BU Today 2/19/2020

Ebola Treatment Massively Cuts Death Rate, But It’s No Cure

Futurity 8/16/2019

Malaria Drug Shows Promise For Treating Ebola

Futurity 11/30/2018

Old Drug, New Tricks

BU Today 11/19/2018

2015 San Antonio business journal: Outstanding medical researcher, Healthcare heroes awards
2005 UTMB Graduate school teaching award
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