Dr. Gary Davidson


Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Institute of Biological and Chemical Systems -
Functional Molecular Systems (IBCS-FMS)
Building 319; room 144
Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1
D-76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen


E-mail: gary.davidson@kit.edu

Scientific CV

Academic education and professional career

since 2012
since 2008




Co-founder and CEO of ScreenFect GmbH
Group leader, Institute of Toxicology and Genetics (ITG), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany
Postdoctoral work, DKFZ, Heidelberg, Germany in laboratory of Christof Niehrs (Molecular Embryology); focus on molecular regulation of the Wnt/b-catenin signalling pathway

PhD, EMBL, Heidelberg, Germany
PhD thesis, EMBL, Heidelberg, Germany; PhD work in Developmental Biology Programme, group of Rolf Zeller. “Role of FGF signalling in epithelial-mesenchymal-transition (EMT)”
Rowett Research Institute, Aberdeen, UK; Scientific Officer in department of Molecular Endocrinology. Molecular regulation of photoperiodism in seasonal animals

BSc (Honors) in biochemistry, University of Aberdeen, UK; graduated with first class honors

Other achievements & Awards


KIT Associate Fellow
Awarded EMBL Predoctoral fellowship
Funding from Rowett Institute to study at Aberdeen University
Sunblest prize for Aberdeen’s best applied-science student


  1. Cui, H., Wang, X., Wesslowski, J., Tronser, T., Rosenbauer, J., Schlug, A., Davidson, G., Popova, A. and Levkin, P. 2020. Assembly of Multi-Spheroid Cellular Architectures by Programmable Droplet
    Merging. Advanced Materials, In press. DOI: 10.1002/adma.202006434
  2. Eckert, A.F., P. Gao, J. Wesslowski, X. Wang, J. Rath, K. Nienhaus, G. Davidson*, and G.U. Nienhaus*. 2020. Measuring ligand-cell surface receptor affinities with axial line-scanning fluorescence
    correlation spectroscopy. Elife. 9. PMID: 32441251
  3. Wesslowski, J., P. Kozielewicz, X. Wang, H. Cui, H. Schihada, D. Kranz, M.P. Karuna, P. Levkin, J.C. Gross, M. Boutros, G. Schulte*, and G. Davidson*. 2020. eGFP-tagged Wnt-3a enables functional analysis
    of Wnt trafficking and signaling and kinetic assessment of Wnt binding to full-length Frizzled. J Biol Chem. 295:8759- 8774. PMID: 32381507
  4. Salama, M., D. Benitez-Riquelme, S. Elabd, S. Munoz, P. Zhang, M. Glanemann, M. Mione, R. Goldin, T. Soussi, G. Davidson, and C. Blattner. 2019. Fam83F induces p53 stabilisation and promotes its
    activity. Cell Death Differ. PMID:30692643
  5. Wu, Y., L. Li, Q. Chen, Y. Su, P. Levkin*, and G. Davidson*. 2016 Single-Tailed Lipidoids Enhance the Transfection Activity of Their Double-Tailed Counterparts. ACS Comb Sci 18(1): 43-50. PMID:26651853
  6. Dörlich, R.M., Q. Chen, P. Niklas Hedde, V. Schuster, M. Hippler, J. Wesslowski, G. Davidson* and G.U. Nienhaus*. 2015. Dual-color dual-focus line-scanning FCS for quantitative analysis of receptor ligand interactions in living specimens. Sci. Rep. 5:10149. PMID:25951521
  7. Zhang, P., S. Elabd, S. Hammer, V. Solozobova, H. Yan, F. Bartel, S. Inoue, T. Henrich, J. Wittbrodt, F. Loosli, G. Davidson*, and C. Blattner*. 2015. TRIM25 has a dual function in the p53/Mdm2 circuit.
    Oncogene. 2 March. PMID:25728675
  8. Chen, Q., Y. Su, J. Wesslowski, A.I. Hagemann, M. Ramialison, J. Wittbrodt, S. Scholpp, and G. Davidson. 2014. Tyrosine phosphorylation of LRP6 by Src and Fer inhibits Wnt/β-catenin signaling. EMBO Rep.
    15:1254– 1267. PMID:2539190
  9. Davidson, G.*, and C. Niehrs*. 2010. Emerging links between CDK cell cycle regulators and Wnt signaling. Trends Cell Biol. 20:453–460. PMID:20627573
  10. Davidson, G.*, J. Shen, Y.-L. Huang, Y. Su, E. Karaulanov, K. Bartscherer, C. Hassler, P. Stannek, M.Boutros, and C. Niehrs*. 2009. Cell cycle control of wnt receptor activation. Dev. Cell. 17:788–799.
    *joint corresponding authorship