Melissa Mullen Davis

Melissa Mullen Davis

Visiting Assistant Professor

Department/Affiliation: Biology, BCMB, Chemistry
Phone: 330-287-1941
Office Address: 213 Severance


  • B.A., Colby College 2005
  • Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University 2011
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute, 2011-2014

Courses Taught

  • BIOL 201:  Gateway to Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • BCMB 303:  Techniques in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • BCMB 331:  Principles of Biochemistry
  • BCMB 332: Biochemistry of Metabolism
  • BCMB 401: Introduction to Independent Study
  • CHEM 112: Principles of Chemistry

Areas of Research

  • RNA biochemistry
  • Mechanisms of eukaryotic gene regulation
  • Abiotic stress response in Arabidopsis thaliana


  • Melissa A. Mullen Davis, Jiannan Guo, David H. Price, Donal S. Luse "Functional interactions of the RNA polymerase II-interacting proteins Gdown1 and TFIIF" J. Biol. Chem. 289: 11143-11152 (2014).
  • Melissa A. Mullen, Sarah M. Assmann, Philip C. Bevilacqua, "Towards a digital gene response: RNA G-quadruplexes with fewer quartets fold with higher cooperativity" J. Amer. Chem. Soc.134 (2): 812-815 (2012).
  • Melissa A. Mullen, Kalee J. Olson, Paul Dallaire, François Major, Sarah M. Assmann, Philip C. Bevilacqua, "RNA G-quadruplexes in the model plant species Arabidopsis thaliana: Prevalence and possible functional roles" Nucleic Acids Res., 38 (22): 8149-8163 (2010).
  • Jérôme Bove, Carey L.H. Hord, Melissa A. Mullen, "The blossoming of RNA Biology: Novel Insights from Plant Systems", RNA, 12 (12): 2035-2046 (2006).