Artist Scientist, Harvard Medical School
While earning his Creative Arts degree (1973) from Mt Angel College in Oregon, Joe Davis pioneered sculptural methods in laser carving at Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, NJ, University of Cincinnati Medical Center Laser Laboratory and other nationally renowned laboratories. He joined MIT Center for Advanced Visual Studies in 1981 as a Research Fellow and in 1989 Davis joined the laboratory of Alexander Rich at MIT where he is widely regarded to have founded new fields in art and biology. In 2010, he joined the laboratory of George Church at Harvard where he is designated “Artist Scientist”. In 2011 Davis worked with collaborators to genetically modify silkworms to produce transgenic silks biomineralized with metallic gold turn silk into gold. Davis initiated Astrobiological Horticulture in 2016, a multifaceted project to create organisms suited for survival in extraterrestrial environments.