Kevin Davies, PhD | Author “The $1,000 Genome”, Editor and Publisher
Kevin Davies, Ph.D. is Vice President of Business Development in the Publications Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the largest scientific society in the world, where he also serves as Publisher of Chemical & Engineering News. Kevin is the founding editor of Nature Genetics, the world’s leading genetics research journal, and served as Editor-in-Chief of Cell Press in 2000-01, shortly after its acquisition by Elsevier. Kevin was also the launch editor of the trade magazine Bio-IT World, which he edited for a decade, and is one of the principal architects of the annual Bio-IT World Conference & Expo.
Kevin is the author of three popular science books, most recently The $1,000 Genome (Simon & Schuster, 2010), an exploration of the revolution in DNA sequencing and genomic medicine. His previous book Cracking the Genome was translated into 15 languages. Kevin’s first book, Breakthrough (co-authored with Michael White) told the story of the race for the BRCA1 breast cancer gene, and resulted in Kevin serving as technical consultant for the 2014 film Decoding Annie Parker, starring Helen Hunt and Aaron Paul. He is currently working on the 2nd edition of DNA, co-authored with James D. Watson and Andrew Berry. He is a sought-after public speaker on many aspects of genomics research.
Kevin Davies holds an M.A. in biochemistry from Oxford University and a Ph.D. in molecular genetics from the University of London. He held postdoctoral fellowships at MIT and Harvard Medical School before seeking sanctuary from the lab bench in science publishing. He lives in Washington D.C.