Marissa Davies is a postbaccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award trainee in the Early Translation Branch within NCATS’ Division of Preclinical Innovation, where she has worked with Natalia J. Martinez, Ph.D., since January 2022. Currently, Davies works alongside Martinez to utilize and develop high-throughput techniques for testing various small molecules with their biological targets.
Davies received her Bachelor’s degree in cellular and molecular biology from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, where she studied gene patterning in the developing zebrafish kidney under Jennifer H. Gutzman, Ph.D. As an undergraduate student, she also participated in the Student-Centered Pipeline to Advance Research in Cancer Careers (SPARCC) at the Medical College of Wisconsin. During her tenure in the SPARCC program, Davies also participated in a research project analyzing pathways implicated in cervical cancer using Gene Set Enrichment Analysis.
Davies’ main research interest is cancer. She uses high-throughput biochemical and cell-based assays to identify compounds with therapeutic potential against known targets in several types of cancer. She hopes to attain her M.D./Ph.D. and become a gynecologic oncologist. In that capacity, Davies plans to care for patients and carry out biomedical research to improve treatment options for cancer patients.