Dr Alan Davidson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Molecular Medicine and Pathology in the School of Medical Sciences at the University of Auckland. He received a BSc (Hons) and a PhD from the University of Auckland with his PhD research supported by an AMRF scholarship. His post-doctoral training was undertaken at Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School in Boston, USA, where he worked on blood stem cell formation during foetal development.
In 2005, A/Prof Davidson started his own research programme at the Centre for Regenerative Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School where his group discovered kidney progenitor cells capable of regenerating damaged kidneys.
In 2011, A/Prof Davidson returned to the University of Auckland after being awarded the Rutherford Distinguished Fellowship and has established a stem cell research programme focused on kidney disease and injury.