Current Research Focus

Research in the Davidson Laboratory is focused on inherited genetic diseases that cause central nervous system dysfunction, with a focus on (1) recessive, childhood onset neurodegenerative disease, such as the lysosomal storage diseases mucopolysaccharidoses and Battens disease; (2) dominant genetic diseases, specifically the CAG repeat disorders, Huntington’s disease and spinal cerebellar ataxia; and (3), understanding how changes in the transcriptome impact neural development and neurodegenerative disease processes.

Recent News and Publications


Regulated control of gene therapies by drug-induced splicing
Monteys AM, Hundley AA, Ranum PT, Tecedor L, Muehlmatt A, Lim E, Lukashev D, Sivasankaran R, Davidson BL. Nature. 2021 Jul 28. Doi:10.1038/s41586-021-03770-2 (Abstract)


PIAS1 modulates striatal transcription, DNA damage repair, and SUMOylation with relevance to Huntington's disease
Morozko EL, Smith-Geater C, Monteys AM, Pradhan S, Lim RG, Langfelder P, Kachemov M, Hill A, Stocksdale JT, Cullis PR, Wu J, Ochaba J, Miramontes R, Chakraborty A, Hazra TK, Lau A, St-Cyr S, Orellana I, Kopan L, Wang KQ, Yeung S, Leavitt BR, Reidling JC, Yang XW, Steffan JS, Davidson BL, Sarkar PS, Thompson LM. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 2021 Jan 26. Doi: 10.1073/pnas.2021836118 (Full Text)

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