C. Davies, Ph.D.
Professor of Microbiology
Academic Coordinator of Microbiology
Ombudsman for Medical Students and Graduate Students
Department of Microbiology
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
203B Johnson Pavilion
3610 Hamilton Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6076
Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Brooklyn College Alumni Association Post 50th Alumni to Helen Conrad Davies in recognition of a distinguished career and outstanding achievements which have contributed to the living history of Brooklyn College; September 18, 2011
Dr. Davies serves as the academic coordinator for the Department of Microbiology,
and has served as Associate Dean for Students and Housestaff Affairs in the
of Medicine. Her research interest is in the biochemistry of prokaryotic organisms,
with particular focus on bacterial energetics, electron transfer, and the
system. Her educational focus is on the recruitment, mentoring, and retention
of minority group members and women in biomedical careers, and she is available
for career counselling for medical, graduate, and undergraduate students. She
has continuously served as Ombudsman for Medical Students since 2000.
For her work, she was selected the 1999 recipient of the Lifetime Mentor Award
of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 2003 she was elected
to rank of Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science. In
2005 she received the Alice Evans Award of the American Society of Microbiology
for her excellence in microbiology. She has received the Lifetime Achievement
Award from Women of Color at Penn. Teaching is very important to her and she
has received 39 major teaching awards, including Penn’s All-University
Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching; one of the two Distinguished Basic
Science Educator Awards, awards given in the Medical School; and the Trustees
Council of Penn Women’s Award for Generations of Academic Excellence. ” Nationally,
she is the first woman to ever receive the American Medical Student Association’s
National Excellence in Teaching Award (March, 2001). She was interviewed by National
Public Radio and Voice of America, (May 2001) on her innovative ways of teaching
about emerging infectious diseases, and was an invited speaker on this topic
at the 2002 and 2004 National meetings of the American Society for Microbiology.
She has received the AOA Robert J. Glazer Distinguished Teacher Award from the
Association of American Medical Colleges in 2006 – a national award presented
to four medical school faculty members annually.
The first woman faculty member to be designated a Master of a College House at
the University of Penn, she lives with 450 undergraduate students, many of whom
have chosen to live in her House because of their expressed interest in either
the field of infectious diseases or the history and sociology of women in science.