In 2013 Davis completed his Bachelor of Science (Advanced) obtaining First Class Honours at the Australian National University. His Honours research, conducted in Colin Jackson’s group, focused on utilizing protein engineering techniques to improve the naturally occurring herbicide degrading enzyme, molinate hydrolase.
In 2014 Davis commenced a PhD project with Colin Jackson’s group. His research has involved studying esterases related to insecticide resistance, hormone regulation and odorant degradation focusing on their evolution and how their structures relate to their specific functions.
D.H. Hopkins, N.J. Fraser, P.D. Mabbitt, P.D. Carr, J.G. Oakeshott, C.J. Jackson, Structure of an Insecticide Sequestering Carboxylesterase from the Disease Vector Culex quinquefasciatus: What Makes an Enzyme a Good Insecticide Sponge?, Biochemistry. 56 (2017). doi:10.1021/acs.biochem.7b00774.